§ From Robert W. Fox
13 December 1803, Falmouth. “The Ship Governor Strong arrived off this port yesterday & my Clerk brought onshore dispatches for James Monroe Esqr: Minister at London. I have forwarded the dispatches post, & the large packet which I apprehend contained newspapers, as it was not to be put in the post office I forwarded it Coach.
“Since my last respects nothing particular has occured hereaway. The Ships of the United States continue to enjoy a preference of freight to any other neutrals.
“The French have not attempted as yet to invade this Country & its supposed by many that most of the ports of Holland are frozen up with the late severe weather—its now more moderate.”1