James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Eaton, 19 June 1803 (Abstract)

§ From William Eaton

19 June 1803, Washington. Questions whether the case of the master of the imperial vessel captured off Malta “January last” and left at Gibraltar may not “involve questions which will affect the honor and the interest of the United States.”1 The master’s effects, and those of his mate, were brought to the U.S. in the Chesapeake, yet “it is acceded that Tripoli was not blockaded at the time of this capture,” nor is it “asserted that the captured imperial vessel had contraband goods on board.” “Valenzen,2 the chief proprietor of the cargo in said prize vessel, now a prisoner present,” requests an audience with JM.

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