James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Christopher Gore, 1 July 1803

From Christopher Gore

London 1st. July 1803


Shortly after writing you under date 4 June, I received the original of your Letter of the 6th. April,1 and also the Documents therein stated to have been sent, in support of the claim of the Government of the United States on that of Great Britain, for what the former had paid, beyond its proportion, towards the expences of the late Board at Philadelphia. In consequence whereof application was made to Lord Hawkesbury by note, a copy of which is herewith enclosed,2 for reimbursement of a moiety of the Sums paid in America.

Mr. Hammond, the Under Secretary of State has assured me that the same has been submitted to the inspection of their Commissioners under the sixth article, and will receive the immediate attention of Government.

I do myself the honour to enclose a copy of a Note received from Lord Hawkesbury informing of the blockade of the Elbe:3 according to his desire, as therein expressed, I notified the same to our several Consuls residing in Great Britain.

The remittance of the Secretary of the Treasury of £4025.3.9 Sterling to supply the deficiency in the Diplomatic fund occasioned by the failure of Messrs. Bird, Savage & Bird, has been received and forwarded to Sir Francis Baring & Company with a copy of your Estimate4 of the various objects to which it was intended to apply the same.

In several cases, wherein I have been requested to apply to this Government for the release of vessels embargoed or detained, it is but justice to say the answers have been as prompt and satisfactory as could have been expected. With great respect, I have the honour to be, Sir, Your most ob. & hum. Servant

C. Gore

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