James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Maury, 24 July 1804 (Abstract)

§ From James Maury

24 July 1804, Liverpool. “On the receipt of your circular of 9th April 18031 I endeavoured to digest a table of our ships, Crews, Cargoes &c agreeable to your former instructions: but sickness prevented my being more punctual. I now send you one [not found] comprehending the particulars as far as I could collect them of the vessels which have cleared out between the time of my receiving your circular & 31st December. I pray you will be pleased to favor me with your remarks on it at your convenience. The account of the imports is very defective as I have no power over their manifests. The exports are more correctly stated. But as it frequently happens that the Masters of Vessels, after having exhibited their clearance & received their papers, are detained, &, during that delay, take in more goods, I cannot be as correct in this particular as I could wish. The two great objects of imports & exports indeed can only be had with accuracy thro’ the medium of the Custom-House.

“By virtue of the 3d Section of the act of 28th Feby 18032 I have received certain sums on the discharges of American Seamen, but the Account of the disbursements for destitute Seamen, which I settle with Mr Erving semiannually, is necessarily so blended with this that in my settlements with him on 31st December & 30th June last both these objects have been comprehended. I pray you will be so good as inform me ⟨if⟩ I am correct in so doing, or whether I should adjust for what I received on the discharges of Seamen with the Treasury direct.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, CD, Liverpool, vol. 2). 2 pp.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Maury; docketed by Wagner as received 4 Oct.

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 , 4:491–93.

2Section 3 of “An Act supplementary to the ‘act concerning Consuls and Vice-Consuls, and for the further protection of American Seamen,’” 28 Feb. 1803, required shipmasters who discharged their crew in foreign ports to pay three months’ wages to the consul for each crew member, one-third of which would be used by the consul as a fund to provide for destitute seamen (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17 vols.; Boston, 1848–73). description ends , 2:203–5).

Index Entries