James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James P. Watson, 7 June 1803 (Abstract)

§ From James P. Watson1

7 June 1803, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. Wrote JM on 3 May [not found] “respecting the impresment of american Seamen.” Since that time the commandant has prevented impressments. Has opened a store in this city and has the only consignments from American merchant vessels in this port. Requests appointment “as a Publick agent,” promising that JM may rely on his fidelity. Refers JM for recommendations to Benjamin Stoddert, John Mason of Georgetown, F. Dusar of Philadelphia,2 and John Murray & Sons of New York. Has been granted some privileges by the commander in chief, General Ernouf.3

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