James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Snell, Stagg & Co. (Abstract), 18 March 1805

§ From Snell, Stagg & Co

18 March 1805, New York. “Conceiving it to be our duty as citizens of the United States to give Government all the information in our possession when any of our property is unlawfully taken and condemned by any of the Belligerent Powers—We herewith inclose you the protest of Captn. Thomas W Fuller of our Brig Hound.1 Vessel & Cargo condemned in Jamaica for a breach of blockade altho the said Vessel entered the port of Curacao without knowledge of the State of blockade as will fully appear by the protest.”

RC and enclosures (DNA: RG 76, Preliminary Inventory 177, Great Britain, Treaty of 1794 (Art. VII), entry 180, British Spoliations, ca. 1794–1824, box 3, folder H). RC 1 p. For the enclosures, see n. 1.

1The enclosures (3 pp.) are (1) Thomas Weld Fuller’s 2 Aug. 1804 affidavit, in which he stated that he left New York on 16 Apr. 1804 in the Hound, with a cargo of flour, rye meal, gin, and “Provisions,” the property of Snell, Stagg & Co., bound for Berbice, and for Curaçao if necessary. He arrived at Berbice on 21 May and, not finding a market, left on 25 May for Curaçao, where he arrived on 2 June and disposed of all the cargo but six pipes of gin. He loaded 101 barrels of coffee and 7,861 pieces of dyewood for Snell, Stagg & Co. and left Curaçao on 10 June. The Hound was seized the same day by the British frigate Franchise, Capt. John Murray, and carried to Jamaica. The case came into court on 31 July, and the ship and cargo were condemned. Fuller added that at the time of the seizure, Murray impressed Robert Hudson, mate, and John Lambert and Jacob Johnston, seamen, from the Hound and that the commander of the Jamaica station refused to release them in spite of Fuller’s several applications; (2) Fuller’s 14 June 1804 protest against the Franchise and Capt. Murray; and (3) Kingston, Jamaica deputy secretary and notary public William Cathcart’s 4 Dec. 1804 certification that the affidavit and protest were true copies of the originals in his office (DNA: RG 76, Preliminary Inventory 177, Great Britain, Treaty of 1794 [Art. VII], entry 180, British Spoliations, ca. 1794–1824, box 3, folder H).

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