James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Sylvanus Bourne, 22 July 1805 (Abstract)

From Sylvanus Bourne, 22 July 1805 (Abstract)

§ From Sylvanus Bourne. 22 July 1805, Amsterdam. “Agreably to what I had the honor to write you sometime since1 I have been to Rotterdam & made due inquiry into the affairs of the Consulate there & finding from the information given me both by the masters of Vessells & Merchants who have buisness at the Consular Office that the actual State of Mr Alexander’s2 enables to attend with propriety to the duties thereof & without injury to the public service—& there being no Other fit Character to my knowlege. I have concluded to let him hold the Agency under my name & controul till the pleasure of Govt Shall be known by a fixed appointment for said place—but I have at the same time given Mr Alexander to understand fully that he cannot ever expect said appointment & that he must employ the interim in Settling his Affairs so as to the [sic] leave the place with the least possible injury to himself—I hope this arrangment may meet your approbation.”

RC, two copies (DNA: RG 59, CD, Amsterdam, vol. 1). First RC 2 pp.; marked “Copy.” Second RC dated 23 July 1805. Minor differences between the copies have not been noted.

1Bourne to JM, 16 June 1805, PJM-SS, description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (10 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends 9:472.

2Bourne presumably meant to write “Mr Alexander’s health enables him” here.

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