James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Charles Pinckney, 12 February 1804

From Charles Pinckney

February 12: 1804 In Madrid

Dear Sir

I have written you lately very frequently & very much at length & am now preparing another official letter which with the papers to accompany it will not be ready for some days. I have however this moment recieved an important letter from M Cevallos1 in answer to the many conferences I have lately had with himself & the Prince of Peace on the subject of his Catholic Majestys Protest against the Cession of Louisiana & to the Representations I made to them in writing on the same, copies of Which I have formerly transmitted You & as it appears important You should recieve this letter as soon as possible I hasten to send it to You by the Post to Lisbon which goes out in so short a time that I scarcely have a moment to write or time sufficient to have a copy of his Letter prepared. I am unwilling however to lose the Post for this Week & therefore send it with this line & by the next will send a Duplicate with my Observations on the circumstances which have contributed to produce this renunciation. Mr. Jarvis has had sent him lately many letters to send you from me Via Lisbon which I am hopeful you will soon recieve & M Cevallos informs he has already dispatched to the Marquis of Casa Yrujo orders to communicate the intelligence which I now have the honour to do losing no time in transmitting this, as I have only recieved it within a few hours—please present me always affectionately to the President & believe me with respect & affectionate regard my Dear Sir Yours Truly

Charles Pinckney

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