James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert W. Fox, 10 September 1801

From Robert W. Fox, 10 September 1801

Falmouth 10th. Sepr. 1801

Esteemed Friend.—

I paid thee my respects on the 8th. Ultmo., since when nothing particular has occurred. Near all the Harvest in this part of the Nation is saved, and it is said the Crop is good in quantity and quality, and prices are falling fast. Barrel Flour is 50/ a 58/ ⅌ Barrel, Rice 22/ a 26 ⅌ [. . .]. I apprehend the great fall in this article is occasioned by the plentiful harvest and very considerable quantity of Rice expected from the East Indies. American shipping are much in repute and many Vessels are now sought to load for Ports in the Mediterranean, Spain &c: and there seems a disposition to prefer the American Flag, even at advanced Freights of 10 a 25 ⅌: beyond what other Neutrals demand for the same Voyages. The American Seamen in this district are not molested by the Officers of the Navy.

It sometimes happens that Commanders of Vessels under the American Flag do not incline to shew the⟨ir⟩ Registers. I beg to know if such ships realy belong to America, whether their Commanders are not obliged to shew their Registers, and whether they do not incur a penalty by such a refusal; it is not often such a circumstance occurs.

I send thee a few Courier News papers ⅌ this opportunity and remain with great respect Thy assured Friend,

Rob. W. Fox

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