James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Anthony Terry, 23 November 1805 (Abstract)

From Anthony Terry, 23 November 1805 (Abstract)

§ From Anthony Terry. 23 November 1805, Cádiz. “Referring to what I had the honor of addressing you on the 12th. ultimo Copy enclosed;1 I now have the pleasure of transmitting you Copy of a Letter passed to me by the French Commissary residing here, respectg. Neutral Subjects found on board English Vessels;2 also to advise you that notwithstanding what I expressed in my Letter of the 31st. Octr. that the Cargo of the American Ship Huntress detained by a French Man of War would be condemned, nothing has been determined as yet, as all the Papers are forwarded to Paris to the Ministre de Marine who is to decide the business; mean time the Cargo is to be Sold and the amount deposited being all perishable Articles.”

Adds in a postscript: “Governmt Notes. 46½ a 48%.”

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, CD, Cádiz, vol. 1). RC 2 pp.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Terry; docketed by Wagner “Joseph Yznardi 23rd Novr. 1805.” For enclosure, see n. 2.

1For the letter, see Terry to JM, 12 Nov. 1805.

2The enclosure (2 pp.; in French) is a copy of Denis Decrès’s 8 Vendémiaire An 14 (30 Sept. 1805) letter to Colonel Le Roy, the French consul at Cádiz, stating that Admiral Villeneuve had sent him a letter concerning consuls of various countries claiming the return of their seamen who had been found on captured British vessels, and that he was writing Villeneuve that Napoleon had ordered that all neutrals found on board British ships, whatever their countries or the nature of their voyages, be considered prisoners of war.

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