James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Willis, 12 October 1802 (Abstract)

§ From William Willis

12 October 1802, Barcelona. “Imediately after writing my Letter to you upon the Subject of the insolent Letter from Lewis1 I thought it best to summons both Lewis & Baker, In order that they should appear together and to answer to the interrogations that I should put to them and, to commit Lewis for his insolent Letter, Lewis remaind silent; but Baker returnd the following insulting reply, I inclose you the sumons and answer.”2 “Having been before insulted by Baker in Prison” and having had two previous verbal summonses disobeyed by him, at which time Willis refrained from arresting him because of “his being a Little unwell,” Willis applied to the governor to have them both arrested. Thinks it best to detain Baker in prison until he can find Lewis, who has “concealed himself,” and wishes each present at the interrogation of the other.

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