James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Josef Yznardy, 26 March 1804 (Abstract)

§ From Josef Yznardy

26 March 1804, Cádiz. Last wrote on 26 Jan. and 28 Jan. [not found] enclosing the results of the sales of timber from the Sally, along with half of the registers of the Sally and the Hazard, Capt. John Gardner, both wrecked on the coast near Cádiz. Encloses declarations1 showing that on 12 Mar. “about dusk Capt. Enos Williams of the American Brig President, and four of his Crew, going on board in the long Boat, after assisting with an Anchor the American Brig Neptune arrived from New York in distress; were overset in a Strong blast of Wind, & all were drowned; their Bodys appear’d on the 17th. & the funeral took place.” An inventory of their goods was conducted, and “the Owner of the Brig being on board, has remained under a formal obligation responsible for the delivery of every article to the Parents of the deceased.”

“As a proof that there is no doubt of the Spanish Neutrality lasting, is that a number of Spanish Vessels are freighted for Sundry Ports of England; Hambro, Amsterdam &a. in preference to any other neutral Vessels, and even to the very English Vessels, altho a number in this Bay. The Monmouth Man of War and Frigate Maidstone, have loaded a few days ago for England about a Million of Dollars, and by reports another Ship is expected to load very near the same quantity.” Encloses a packet “just received” from Gavino. Adds that government notes have had a 32½% loss.

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