James Madison Papers

From James Madison to James Simpson, 26 December 1803

To James Simpson

Department of State December 26th 1803


I have received your letters numbered from 63 to 69 both inclusive.1

My last was of the 31st of Octr. continued to the 10th of Novr.,2 the original of which was forwarded by the Schooner Citizen, which carried the gun carriages to the Emperor: but as she was to touch at L’Orient in order to land the ratification of the Treaty respecting Louisiana, she may not perhaps reach Tangier before this. In the mean time the duplicate which was forwarded from Norfolk will convey to you the President’s instructions regarding the rupture with Morocco,3 wherein it must give you pleasure to find the steps you have taken in conjunction with the Naval Commanders, anticipated and authorized. The inclosed copy of the President’s message to Congress of the 5th instant will evince to you the distinguished manner in which he has thought proper to approve of your proceedings.4 I also inclose his answer to the Emperor’s letter, which you will convey to him in a manner suited to its contents.5 You will find herewith a copy for your own information. On a late review of the allowances and expences of the Consuls on the coast of Barbary, it has been determined that the following be admitted: Beside the Salary an outfit equal to a years Salary, and on the termination of their missions, a sum equal to a quarters Salary for the expence of their return; house rent on a moderate but decent scale, the expence of Couriers, postage, printing and translations when necessary. As it does not appear that your accounts have ever been fully stated and settled, I must request you to have it done, if possible thro’ your correspondent in the United States; but if that would not be convenient they may be transmitted to this Department, and the vouchers forwarded by one of the returning frigates. It is probable that on winding them up, the drafts you have made in advance will be covered, and on this presumption they will be paid without the security indicated in your No 69, I remain Sir, With great respect your most Ob Sert.

James Madison

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