James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Hans Rudolph Saabye, 30 May 1804 (Abstract)

§ From Hans Rudolph Saabye

30 May 1804, Copenhagen. “My last respects to you were of the 7 November [not found]. The winter set in shortly after, and has continued unabruptly till about a month ago, when navigation first was able to retake its usual vigour.

“We have had several arrivals from America and more may daily be expected. Inclosed I have the pleasure of handing you the semi-annual List of the Ships passed the Sound in the last 6 months of last year, and also a list of what I have received and paid agreable to the ‘Act’ relating to Consuls & Vice Consuls the receipt of which I acknowledged the 31 August last year.1 The before mentioned Act of Salvage for Holstein has now been published by the danish Government,2 and contains very wise and good regulations. By this Act the King relinquishes the one third which belonged to him of the Ships and cargoes wrecked on this coast, when the Proprietor legitimates himself. The political prospects here are very pacifick, a frigate has been despatched for the Mediterranean and another together with a man of war of 84 gun⟨s⟩ to the coast of Jutland to bring the Prince Royal3 to Norway, which Kingdom he intends to visit in the course of the Summer.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, CD, Copenhagen, vol. 1). 2 pp.; docketed by Brent as received 3 Aug. Enclosures not found.

1PJM-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 , 5:371–72.

2For the act, see Peder Pedersen to JM, 29 May 1804, and n. 1.

3Frederick VI (1768–1839) was king of Denmark, 1808–39, and of Norway, 1808–14. He ruled as prince regent from 1784 to 1808 due to the insanity of his father, Christian VII.

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