James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Charles Pinckney, 6 November 1802

From Charles Pinckney

November 6: 1802 In Barcelona

Dear Sir

Not having recieved Mr Willis’s letter to me when I sealed my dispatches yesterday I now inclose you a copy of the said letter which I had made out & signed by him stating the reasons which induced him to be absent.1 These you will be able to judge of by reading his letter which states that his absence was unavoidably occasioned by disappointments which made his presence necessary for a short time in London & the United states to save much property & many of those interested in Bills he had taken from suffering—he appears to be respectably established here & to be married to a lady having the first connexions in the Banking line. Since I have been here I have recieved no complaints against him on the subject of debts or money & he seems to be indefatigable in the performance of his consular duties.

The King & his Court are to leave this to morrow on a Tour to Valencia & that part of his Dominions—it is uncertain, as the Prince of Peace told me when they would be able to go to Aranjuez or Madrid. I have brought to the view of his Majesty & his Ministers all the Business we had here & I shall now wait the issue of the Instructions I expect from you on the subject of the Convention We have formed. I wrote You Sweden had made peace with Tripoli for 150,000 Dollars & $8000 per annum.

Mr Codman must be now soon in the United States. By him I wrote you many letters & all the information I could obtain on the subject of the restrictions of Spain on the commerce of foreigners. I have written to our consuls in Italy & expect to send you the same from that country. Please present me affectionately & respectfully to the President & believe me with the highest respect Esteem & regard Dear Sir Yours Truly

Charles Pinckney

In availing myself of the President’s permission I still consider myself as within the Line of my duty for the few weeks I shall remain in Italy as You have given me the regulation of the Consuls in Italy in pecuniary affairs & from their situation & the state of our commerce in that country I think my Presence will be useful in obtaining information impossible to be communicated by Letters.

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