James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Holmes, 18 October 1802 (Abstract)

§ From James Holmes1

18 October 1802, Belfast. Has received JM’s circulars of July and August 18012 and will pay them every attention. Has been as economical in expending government funds as if they had been his own. “I am of opinion that if the Consuls had in their power to punish in a limited degree Captains or Seamen who might be guilty of misbehaviour and that the former were uniformly on arrival at the Port where a Consul resides obliged to wait on him immediately after arrival with their papers that it might be of use with respect to the Trade of the United States.” Encloses a list [not found] of American ships and cargoes at Belfast from 1 Jan. 1797 to 1 Jan. 1802, “which I have been at some Expense and trouble to collect.”

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