James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Morton, 26 December 1801

From John Morton, 26 December 1801

December 26th. 1801

Having obtained the detention of the Vessel till this morning, I am enabled to state, concisely, that I have just had an Interview with His Excelly. the Governor.

It appears that the stoppage of the Intercourse is conformable to an Order of His Majesty of long standing, & repeatedly urged; but which this Administration ha⟨d⟩ found it necessary to evade until, by the communication of a Cessation of Hostiliti⟨es,⟩ their plea therefor was done away

His Excelly., however, has unequivoc⟨ally⟩ assured me that every possible Indulge⟨nce⟩ & relief will still be extended to those Ves⟨sels⟩ which may arrive under the expectation of finding the Port open as before; tho’ in a manner not to be public, but to be und⟨er⟩stood between our selves. He also assur⟨ed⟩ me that it was intended that every door that was practicable, should be left open for the adjustment of old concerns & on my alluding particularly to my Instrumentality therein, he said that would be acquiesed in, on my exercising ⟨the⟩ required caution as to the Publicity of ⟨my⟩ Character, &c: On the whole, ⟨t⟩herefore, I anticipate less Injury from ⟨t⟩he present restriction than at first

It remains to be determined how ⟨fa⟩r the Inhabitants of the Colony will be ⟨d⟩isposed to relinquish the advantages ⟨de⟩rived from their Intercourse with ⟨t⟩he U. States; or, if any, what weight ⟨w⟩ould be derived from their representation, ⟨in⟩ consequence, at the Court of Madrid.

Intending to resume the subject in a few Days hence, I beg leave to conclude with the assurance of my being Sir With respectful Consideration Your Ob. Servt.

Jno: Morton.

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