James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Dawson, 29 July 1803

From John Dawson

Baltimore July 29. 1803—nine at night

Dear Sir,

I arriv’d here about an hour ago—soon after I saw Commodore Barney,1 who presented to me Mr. Dalbart, on the latter’s withdrawing, the commodore informd me that he was Jerome Bounaparte,2 who was here with his Secretary, and a son of General Reubell3 on their return to France—they stay at Barney’s, whose character you know. He has purchas’d a carriage and horses for them, and Reubell has already ask’d the permission of a gentleman, a Mr. Paccho,4 to marry his daughter.

Barney say’s, that Bounaparte is much discontented with Mr. Pichon, who he says will be dismissed on the arrival of General Bournadote—that Capn Maury5 of the British navy had made application to our goverment for permission to return in one of our frigates, which had been refus’d, and that Bounaparte meant to do the same—Maury, who is in the house with me, I am told, says that he shall give every information respecting Bounaparte, and that every exertion will be made to capture him. I think it unfortunate that he has fallen into the company and acquir’d confidence in a man as impudent and violent as Barney.

I thought it might be usefull to give you this information—shall set out on tomorrow for N. York, where I shall be happy to hear from you. With much esteem Your frie⟨nd &⟩ Sert

J Dawson

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