James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Bulkeley, 7 July 1801

From Thomas Bulkeley, 7 July 1801

Lisbon the 7 July 1801


I had the honor to write you by the Ship Thomas Chalkeley which sailed yesterday for Philadelphia giving you every informatn. in my power relative to the situation of this Country.

Mr. Sarmento (Mr. Pinto’s first Secretary) arrived in town yesterday & was soon after followed by two messengers for the Prince.

The Juiz do Povo (a little something like that of a Lord Mayor) waited on the Prince yesterday morning saying he hoped to have the happiness ⟨o⟩f congratulating him on some good news, to which the Prince answered, that every thing was arranged, tho’ with much perplexity to himself. The Juiz do Povo declared this at Court in the presence ⟨o⟩f the Foreign Ministers & Nobility. Mr. Pinto is expected in Lisbon tomorrow. It is not improbable he is to be here shortly accompanied ⟨w⟩ith some persons of distinction.

I am informed the Senate (a kind of City Municipality) are desired ⟨to⟩ be at Court tomorrow. If so, in a very few Days the whole mistery ⟨w⟩ill here come to light.

The Prince’s Barge has sett off for Aldea Galego today, a town on the south side of the River, perhaps to bring Mr. Pinto &c.

If any thing further transpires before the vessel sails will add it to this; as the chief part of the news I hear is from repor⟨t⟩. I have made free to write on the outside of the Letters (private) which hope you will excuse. I have the honor to be most respectfully Sir Your most humble & Obedt. Servant

Thomas Bulkeley

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