James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Albert Gallatin, 26 September 1804 (Abstract)

§ From Albert Gallatin

26 September 1804, Treasury Department. “I have the honour to transmit copies of the correspondence between the collector of New York and his Britannic Majesty’s Consul there—respecting the recapture of the ship Eugenia.1 Sundry affidavits taken at New London on the same subject were forwarded some time ago to the President of the United States.”2

RC and enclosures (DNA: RG 59, ML). RC 1 p. For enclosures, see n. 1.

1The enclosures are copies of (1) Gallatin to Jedediah Huntington, collector at New London, Connecticut, 23 Aug. 1804 (4 pp.; docketed by JM and Wagner), requesting “a statement of the circumstances of the recapture of the Ship Eugenia” and suggesting that the prize master of the Eugenia might have initiated the recapture by his disobedience of marine regulations at New London and that his subsequent departure from the ship might be considered abandonment; (2) Thomas Barclay to collector David Gelston and naval officer Samuel Osgood, 10 Aug. 1804 (2 pp.), enclosing a copy of an affidavit about the case that he had sent Anthony Merry and asking them to take possession of the ship and prevent the landing of its cargo; (3) Barclay to Gelston, Osgood, and surveyor William L. Smith, 11 Aug. 1804 (1 p.), requesting a reply to his previous letter; (4) Gelston, Osgood, and Smith to Barclay, 11 Aug. 1804 (1 p.), stating that the Eugenia’s papers had all been in order and they therefore had no power to detain the cargo; (5) Huntington to Gallatin, 29 Aug. 1804 (2 pp.), enclosing the affidavits of two revenue cutter officers, two customhouse inspectors, and a New London citizen; (6) the 28 Aug. 1804 affidavit (2 pp.) of master George House and third mate Nathaniel Saltonstall of the revenue cutter Argus about the events surrounding the recapture of the Eugenia; (7) Saltonstall’s 28 Aug. 1804 affidavit (1 p.) giving more details; (8) the 29 Aug. 1804 affidavit (3 pp.) of New London customs inspector Ebenezer Goddard describing the recapture of the Eugenia; (9) the 29 Aug. 1804 affidavit (2 pp.) of New London customs inspector Samuel Whittemore describing his dealings with the ship and the British prize master’s avowed indifference to local regulations; and (10) the 29 Aug. 1804 affidavit of New London citizen Walter Grace (1 p.) describing the recapture. For the capture of the Eugenia by the British on 4 Aug. 1804 and its recapture in Long Island Sound on 7 Aug., see Jacob Wagner to JM, 16 Aug. 1804, and Merry to JM, 24 Aug. 1804, 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 , 7:613, 631–34.

2See Gallatin to Jefferson, 4 Sept. 1804, in Adams, Writings of Gallatin, 1:208.

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