James Madison Papers

From James Madison to George Johnston, 26 March 1805

To George Johnston

Department of State March 26th. 1805.


I have received your letter respecting the capture of the Ship Commerce.1 Having already written to the Governor of Cuba on the subject of the irregular Cruizers, which sally from the ports of that Island to interrupt our Commerce, and received his answer,2 it is less necessary to repeat the remarks I then made. The President having been pleased to appoint Mr. Henry Hill Jr., who is understood to be now at New York, Consul for the Island of Cuba, it may be advantageous to you to request his attention & patronage in favor of Capt. Rockwell, whom you design to send to Havana in order to regain the property. I am &c.

James Madison

Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14).

1Letter not found.

2See JM to the marqués de Someruelos, 5 May 1804, and Someruelos to JM, 20 June 1804, PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (9 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 7:154–55, 345.

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