James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Carlos Martínez de Yrujo, 18 May 1803 (Abstract)

§ From Carlos Martínez de Yrujo

18 May 1803. JM knows how much trouble “the Adventurer Bowles” has given Spain. Was assured in his conference with JM and Dearborn that the U.S. would take efficacious measures to apprehend Bowles whenever he was in U.S. territory. Encloses a copy of a letter just received from Henry White, governor of East Florida, reporting that “the Incendiary Bowles” is within U.S. territory.1 Friendship and the shared interest of Spain and the U.S. in cutting the thread of the intrigues and machinations of “this daring Adventurer,” as well as the spirit of the [Pinckney] treaty, require the U.S. government to take the most active measures to apprehend Bowles. Does not doubt that JM’s desire to promote the peace and welfare of U.S. citizens and harmony between the U.S. and Spain will lead to his giving this request the attention it merits and that Bowles, if within the U.S., will be arrested.

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