James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Richard Worsam Meade, 15 December 1805 (Abstract)

From Richard Worsam Meade, 15 December 1805 (Abstract)

§ From Richard Worsam Meade. 15 December 1805, Cádiz. “I have the honor to hand you inclosed, a letter forwarded me by Mr. Erving from Madrid, with ⟨inst⟩;ructions to Send on, by Some carefull person.1 C⟨o⟩;nsidering the departure of Capt. Lindsay as a favorable occasion, I inclose it with our last Madrid Gazette, containing the particulars of ⟨th⟩;e Successes of the french armies on the Continent.

“I also take the liberty of inclosing a copy [not found] ⟨o⟩;f an official letter from Adml. now Lord Collingwood t⟨o⟩; The marquez de Solana our Governor here, res⟨p⟩;ecting the blockade of this port.2 It differs most ⟨e⟩;ssentially from the official communication made by Lord Mulgrave to Mr. Munroe, in as much ⟨a⟩;s the ingress of provisions, was prohibited, whereas Lord Collingwoods letter, the original of which The Governor was polite enough to shew me, expressly says, ‘All Cargoes whatsoever except Contraband of War shall freely pass in & out.[’]”

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, CD, Cádiz, vol. 1). 2 pp.; docketed by Wagner. For surviving enclosure, see n. 1.

1The enclosure (1 p.; in Spanish; marked “No. 11,” with an appended note by Meade: “The above is copy of the decision of the Governor of Cadiz forwarded to Geo W Erving Esqe.”) is an 11 Dec. 1805 communication from Solano dealing with a complaint about a royal decree.

2The Two Mothers, Captain Lindsay (also Lindsey), bearing Collingwood’s letter to the governor, arrived at Marblehead, Massachusetts, from Cádiz, about 12 Feb. 1806 (New-York Gazette & General Advertiser, 21 Feb. 1806).

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