James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Leonard, 25 August 1804 (Abstract)

§ From John Leonard

25 August 1804, Barcelona. “I had the honor to receive your much Esteem’d favor of the 2nd. of June1—the Ships of War therein mentioned have (as I understand from Mr. Gavino) arrived at Gibraltar and proceeded on to the Eastward, and I sincerely hope that their appearance in the Mediterranean may produce a good effect.

“My last respects were on the 15. March [not found] since which nothing has ocurred in this Country worth communicating—but few American Vessels come to this Port.

“Mr. Pinckney informed me some months ago that Government had done me the Honor to change my appointment to that of Consul2—hitherto I have not received any further information on the Subject tho I hope soon to have that pleasure—I herewith enclose a list of arrivals from Jannuary to June [not found].”

RC (DNA: RG 59, CD, Barcelona, vol. 1). 2 pp.; marked “Duplicate”; docketed by Wagner, with his notation: “Quer. When was his comn. forwarded?”

2Jefferson made a recess appointment of Leonard as vice-consul in place of William Willis, which was confirmed by the Senate on 18 Nov. 1803, and on 9 Dec. 1803 Jefferson changed the appointment to consul, which the Senate approved on 15 Dec. (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 1:453, 456, 459, 460).

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