From William Willis, 9 November 1805 (Abstract)
§ From William Willis. 9 November 1805, New Bedford. “I have to request the favor of you to enclose me one of the authenticated coppies of the affadavit of Benjamin B Mumford and Willm. B Bouen before Mr. Cathalan at Marseilles, the 5th of Feby. 1802. respecting the sailing of the Ship Pomona in my absence to France &c.1
“I suppose there are two of those Coppies in the office of State, authenticated, under Mr. Cathalans Seal of Office, as I sent one of them to Mr. Pinckney at Madrid to be forwarded to you, after he should read it, and the other I enclos’d you direct. One of those coppies is now become essentially necessary to me, in a weighty law suit, the tryal of which may come on in a few days. I therefore Sir request you to forward one of them, to me, at Boston as soon as you conveniently can.”2
RC (DNA: RC 59, CD, Barcelona, vol. 1). 1 p.
1. Copies of the affidavit were enclosed in Willis to JM, 15 Dec. 1802, and 6 July 1803, 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 4:192, 5:146.
2. On 20 Nov. 1805 JM sent Willis a copy of “the depositions of Benj. B. Mumford and Wm. B. Bowen taken before Mr. Cathalan on the 5th. February 1802” (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 15; 1 p.).