James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Anthony Merry, 27 February 1805

From Anthony Merry

Washington February 27th. 1805

Mr Merry presents his respectful Compliments to Mr Madison, and, in consequence of the Wish which Mr Madison has expressed to him verbally, has the Honor to transmit to him inclosed1 a Copy of the Bill filed in the District Court of South Carolina in the Year 1799 by the Spanish Consul, to prevent the Sale of a Vessel of his Nation which had been captured by a British Cruizer and Sent into Charlston, and of the Decree pronounced upon it, which were referred to in the Representation which Mr Merry had the Honor to address to Mr Madison on the 23rd. of this Month.

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, NFL, Great Britain, vol. 3). For enclosure, see n. 1.

1The enclosure (4 pp.; docketed by Brent) is a copy of the 14 May 1799 plea of Diego Morphy for an injunction against Benjamin Moodie in the case of La Nostra Signora, captured by the British frigate Meleager and brought into Charleston. For the judge’s decree, see Merry to JM, 23 Feb. 1805, n. 4.

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