James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Messrs. Ketland & Field, 16 November 1805 (Abstract)

To Messrs. Ketland & Field, 16 November 1805 (Abstract)

§ To Messrs. Ketland & Field.1 16 November 1805, Department of State. “The enclosed documents are all that this Department afford of those requested by you in relation to the seizure by the French of American property at Leghorn in the year 1796.”

Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 15). 1 p.

1John and Thomas Ketland and John Field all had property that was shipped from Philadelphia to Leghorn in 1795 and stored in the ware house of the English firm Earl, Hodgson & Drake. When Napoleon entered Tuscany in June 1796, he seized all the goods on the grounds that they were British property (Williams, French Assault on American Shipping, 370). See also John Field to JM, 14 Aug. 1804, PJM-SS, 7:599–600 and nn. 2–3.

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