James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Bulkeley, 16 July 1802 (Abstract)

§ From Thomas Bulkeley

16 July 1802, Lisbon. Refers to his dispatches of 2, 5, and 10 Feb.1 “The Schooner I mentioned to have been lost on the Coast of Faro has been claimed by James Philips & Co. of Philadelphia and delivered to them.… I have obtaind an order for the restitution of the Duties imposed on the Cargo of Fish by the Hope.… The duties were demanded on an old law which has never been revoked.” Reports that since the arrival of the crew and supercargo of the schooner Samuel, the captain, crew, and supercargo of the schooner Pilgrim arrived from Rio de Janeiro, and the confiscation of both ships is under appeal; will send JM the documents in the cases following the prince regent’s decision. “The Cases of these vessels are nearly alike.… The confiscation is founded on their clearances and the Sea Letters being filled up to Rio de Janeiro only, but not the least accusation of illicit trade brought forward.” Encloses copies of letters “which will show you the state of affairs in the Mediterranean.”2 In a postscript, notes that John Watson, supercargo of the Samuel, “has just brought me the inclosed Translation of his case.”3

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