James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Newton, Jr., 30 July 1803

From Thomas Newton, Jr.

Norfolk July 30th 1803


I have made many efforts to procure you some Crab Cyder, all have proved unsuccessful. Should You wish to have any by the winter, you will please to inform me, as I shall be enabled to obtain that which is good by speaking in time for it.

I now do myself the pleasure of transmitting to you a publication of this morning—by it you will find that the British Ships of War have already renewed their former practices of pressing our Seamen.1 The Boston, Capt. Douglas—I believe is in Hampton roads and his conduct in this instance has produced much irritation. Topham is said to be a native of one of the Northern States—the rest it is said have protections and are believed to be Americans. No communication having taken place with the British frigate nor with the men detained on board of her, no facts are yet ascertained to authorise me to speak positively on this subject, except that the men mentioned in the printed paper were taken from the Charles Carter by force. Should any further information reach me relative to the men now on board I will witho⟨ut⟩ delay make you acquainted with it. With assurances of the highest consideration I remain yr. obt: Servt

Tho: Newton Jr

July 31st 1803

Since writing the above I have procured a Copy of Topham Diposition sworn to before my Father. Proof is I believe in possession of our Collector that Topham is a Native of New port Rhode Island. Hudson is still detained on board the Boston Topham says he believes him to be a Native of the United States. Yrs.

Tho Newton Jr

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