James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Simons, 1 May 1804 (Abstract)

§ From James Simons

1 May 1804. Has just learned from Wagman, a visitor, that he went on board the Télégraphe and saw carpenters building a new gun carriage, having learned from the English consul that additional war equipment was being constructed on that ship.1 Wagman pointed out to the French agent that no additional war construction should be permitted in a neutral port. The French agent had asked Simons earlier for permission to make certain repairs that the Télégraphe needed and had even invited Simons on board to see what repairs were necessary. Simons replied to the French agent that he relied on him to undertake nothing contrary to Franco-American treaties and communicated this circumstance to Wagman.

Tr (AAE: Political Correspondence, U.S., 57:113). 2 pp.; in French; described by Pichon as an extract enclosed in JM to Pichon, 15 May 1804. Enclosed in Pichon to Talleyrand, 21 Prairial an XII (10 June 1804) (ibid., 57:107–9).

1For Simons’s earlier complaints about the French privateer Télégraphe, see JM to Simons, 18 Nov. 1803, PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 6:63–64 and n. 5.

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