James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Charles Pinckney, 10 November 1803

From Charles Pinckney

Escurial November 10: 1803

Dear Sir

My last letters will have informed You of every thing to the present time—they contained duplicates of m: Cevallos’s last letter & reply on the subject of our claims1 which shew you how tenaciously this Court retain the opinion that they are not liable in the remotest degree to make compensation for the french condemnations in their ports, nor ought to be expected to arbitrate the same on which subject I have written you so fully & by so many Opportunities that I now wait your Opinions & further directions. This letter I write with a View to inclose you what has lately occurred between this Government & myself on the subject of Quarantine & the admission of our Vessels into Spanish Ports under the Circumstances therein detailed.2 By Mr Cevallos’s reply You will percieve the regulations he mentions & I hasten to transmit it to you by the route of Lisbon as it may be important to Commerce.

I am to acknowledge the receipt of your Dispatches of the 29th: of July3 & shall govern myself by them. Hitherto I have not heard from Mr: Monroe but shall certainly do so shortly or see him in Madrid. If I do not see him I shall write you soon again & fully by an Opportunity I expect of an American Gentleman going to Bourdeaux which will avoid the necessity of committing any thing to a Post Office.

Please present me to the President in the most respectful & affectionate manner & believe me always Dear Sir With regard Yours Truly

Charles Pinckney

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