James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert W. Fox, 1 March 1803 (Abstract)

§ From Robert W. Fox

1 March 1803, Falmouth. Encloses a list of American shipping arriving at Plymouth during the last six months of 1802 [not found]. Has already sent that for Falmouth. The Mary is still in port. The American passengers on board are now free of disease, and Captain Temple proposes to sail for Norfolk “the first fair wind.” The physician who attended the men during their sickness thinks this illness was “the Goal [gaol] Fever of the most malignant kind” but does not think it will recur on the voyage to the U.S. “Very considerable expence has attended the people while here,” as he provided all supplies. Has consulted Erving in all proceedings and has done his best “in this unfortunate business.” Markets in Italy, Portugal, and Spain continue good for wheat and flour. Adds in a 5 Mar. postscript that the Mary sailed on 4 Mar.1

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