James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Josef Yznardy, 20 December 1803 (Abstract)

§ From Josef Yznardy

20 December 1803, Cádiz. “I had the honour of addressing you on the 14th. inst. [not found] & nothing of importance or worth your notice having offered Since said period; the present Serves to advise you that on account of the actual Circumstances of Political affairs, and being pressed by some Masters of Vessels to give a Roll of Equipage (the same as the inclosed)1 I thought proper not to refuse them, although I Know perfectly well I am not empower’d to do it.” Would not have done so had the situation in Europe not made it necessary. Takes advantage of the first opportunity to inform JM, “not doubting in the least but you will be so obliging as to approve of my determination.” Encloses copies of letters he has received and his answers, which he hopes will merit JM’s approbation.2

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