James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Moses Young, 14 October 1802 (Abstract)

§ From Moses Young

14 October 1802, Madrid. “My last was of the 24th, ulto.1 On the 12th, instant Mr. Pinckney and Mr. Graham set out from this place for Barcelona, the former proceeds to Italy & expects to return in the month of february; the latter returns with the court.2 Five days previous to the departure of our minister, I addressed a letter to him and delivered it myself, relative to my situation here, a copy of which will be found within the present cover;3 but I could not obtain other answer than that he would transmit it to the Department of State. I wished to be at liberty to leave Madrid, in case my own business should require it & provided I met with a person who would accept of the appointment of consular agent of the United States at this city for a certain compensation, which I was of opinion Mr. Pinckney ought to have agreed to, considering that it is absolutely necessary that some such public officer be upon the spot, particularly to attend to the claims and appeals of our citizens, now before the councils of war, of finance and of Indies.”4

Tr and Tr of enclosure (DNA: RG 46, Petitions and Memorials, 8A-G1). Tr 1 p. Headed: “Copy of a letter to [JM], dated at Madrid 14th, October 1802.” For enclosure, see n. 3.

1Young to JM, 24 Sept. 1802 (in this supplement).

2For Charles Pinckney’s trip to Italy, see Pinckney to JM, 4 Nov. 1802, 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 , 4:89.

3Young enclosed a copy of his 7 Oct. 1802 letter to Pinckney (3 pp.). Another copy, dated 1 Oct. 1802, was enclosed in Pinckney to JM, 10 Oct. 1802 (ibid., 4:12 and n. 10).

4Filed with this letter is an extract from David Humphreys to Pinckney, 9 Jan. 1802 (1 p.), recommending Young strongly to Pinckney’s attention, praising his work on behalf of the United States, and suggesting him for employment “in the liquidation & adjustment of the claims” of U.S. citizens against Spain.

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