James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Willis, 31 July 1802 (Abstract)

§ From William Willis

31 July 1802, Barcelona. “I arriv’d here on the 23d inst and on the following day wrote to our minister at Madrid a Coppy which letter I now enclose to you as it contains something respecting the Clamor that has been rais’d in my absence which as I expected has ceas’d and those that have been so active in their Clamor begin now to be sensible that their reward will be nothing but shame and disgrace and some of the most violent of them have met me with hipocriti[c]al apologies for their Conduct. I also enclose you my second letter to our Minister—by which you will also see some of the most agravating parts of the treatment I have met with.… In my journey through france I discover’d nothing remarkable. The people seem in general friendly to the United States.” Forwards a letter from O’Brien. Hopes soon to conclude the case of Captain Mills of the ship Catherine.1 “The case of this Vessell is Certainly a hard one as the inocence of the Captain has been made manifest and the Spanish Government seem sensible of it or otherwise they Certainly would have condemnd him.”

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