James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Charles Pinckney, 22 November 1803

From Charles Pinckney

November 22: 1803

Dear Sir

I have the honour to inclose to you some of the consular accounts I have recieved1 and of which these are duplicates—that of Mr Yznardy’s & Terrys from Cadiz will be forwarded as soon as recieved & upon my examining Mr Kirkpatrick of Malaga I find there has been a small mistake in the Draught made on Amsterdam on his account of the sum of One hundred & five Dollars owing to his having included in the only bill he drew on me two accounts both due him, but which ought to have been kept separate of which I sent notice to our Bankers & desired them to rectify the mistake—his consular account then stands properly at One hundred & fifty eight Dollars. The accounts of Consuls which have been paid by me amount altogether to a small sum of which Mr Youngs are the most being paid before the receipt of the remarks made by you thereon. Since that very little has been paid to any one, for I so generally object to their large accounts, that few are now sent that are not very small.

I inclose to you also a letter from Mr Montgomery with the Governour at Alicante’s letter;2 in answer to which I informed Mr. Montgomery that I saw no way to avoid the payment when demanded in a manner so official as this is.

I have this moment recieved a letter from Mr Kirkpatrick dated at Malaga the 16—where something like the Plague rages in so dreadful a manner that great care ought to be taken how we admit Vessels from that Port. On this subject I have already written twice & now repeat it.

Spain to the astonishment of all Europe still finds the means to keep neutral my opinion however is that this State of things cannot last & that she must soon become a party to the War & then I am hopeful We shall easily gain all We ask. I am still anxiously waiting to recieve some accounts from Mr Monroe or to see him & am doing every thing which existing circumstances warrant to pave the way to the acquisition you wish. My affectionate respects & best wishes, you will always please to tender for me to the President & our friends & believe me with great regard & esteem Dear Sir Yours Truly

Charles Pinckney

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