James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Marien Lamar (Abstract), 17 March 1805

§ From Marien Lamar

17 March 1805, Madeira. “In consequence of some doubts arrising on the part of Mr. Mark Wylie respecting my having claim’d a Commission of Five per Cent: on the Sales of the Schooner Little Tom, and Cargoe which was wreck’d here on the 2d. of January Curt.; and as I have reason from good authority to believe he means to represent my Claim as unjust to the U. S., I herewith do myself the honor to enclose You a Certificate which will shew that I was the Sole manager of the Transaction,1 having superintended the whole of the Business personally without receiving any assistance, or Orders to the contrary from him. From the great attention I paid from first to last, wherein I much exceeded my Obligation for the Interest of the Concern’d; I therefore considerd myself fully entitled to this Comn: being no more than the establish’d One in the Island for any common mercantile Transaction. Should Mr Mark Wylie start any other Objections or doubts on this head I can upon Information very easily forward any Documents that may be judged necessary for the further Elucidation of the Business, which I flatter myself will afford every Satisfaction that can be wish’d for. Trusting however th<at> the Certificate from the Custom House will be suf<fi>cient for Your Govt: & that my Conduct will meet You<r> approbation.”

RC and enclosures (DNA: RG 59, CD, Funchal, vol. 1). RC 2 pp. For enclosures, see n. 1.

1Lamar enclosed his undated petition to Alexandre Neri da Silva (1 p.; in Portuguese), and translation (1 p.; docketed by Wagner), asking him for a certified statement attesting to whether Lamar or Mark Wylie had attended to the business of rescuing and selling the cargo of the wrecked Little Tom; written in the margin of the petition is a 9 Mar. 1805 note from M. Freitas ordering this to be done. Lamar also enclosed da Silva’s 9 Mar. 1805 description (3 pp.; in Portuguese) and translation (2 pp.) of Lamar’s actions during the rescue and sale of the salvaged goods which also stated that Mark Wylie did nothing at all.

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