James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Bulkeley, 7 June 1801

From Thomas Bulkeley, 7 June 1801

Lisbon the 7th. June 1801


The preceeding is copy of what I had the honor to write you the 20th. & 22nd. April. I have now to enclose you

No. 1. The public Edict whereby the Prince exempts from the payment of the Port Charges all Vessels laden with Grain to the end of July translated.

No. 2. My Petition to the Prince in consequence of the embarrassments of the Officers charged with the recovered not chusing to exempt some American Vessels from the payment.

No. 3. The translation of the same

No. 4. My Letter to His Excy. Dn. Rodrigo de Souza Coutinho inclosing the same

No. 5. Copies of several Letters relative to the hostile intention of the Bey of Tripoli against the navigation of the United States.

No. 6. Declaration of War by this Government against Spain

No. 7. The translation of the Same.

No. 8. My Letter to Captn. Wm. Loring Commr. of the Vulture of Boston bound to the Mediteranean warning him of the danger

No. 9. My Letter to Captn. Saml. S. Fisher of the Alert of Boston bound to the Mediteranean warning him of the Danger

I have not yet received any answer relative to my Petition No. 2. Our vessels consequently continue paying the Port Charges.

Hostilities have commenced on the Frontiers and for every political communication, refer you to Mr. Smith’s Letter, who writes you by this conveyance.

I have delivered copies of our Consul Richd. OBrien’s circular Letter to several of our Captains bound to the north of Europe requesting them to make it public at the Ports they arrive, and to deliver Copies to any of our Vessels they may meet at sea.

The Atlas Captn. Kimball still continues detained in this Port. Wheat and Flour continue to be very scarce in this City and I am informed, that on the Frontiers in Alentejo the Army is in want of Bread. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Sir Your most humble & obd. Servt.

Thomas Bulkeley

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