James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Elmslie, 23 January 1802

From John Elmslie, 23 January 1802

Consulate of U. States. Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town 23rd. Jany. 1802


Since I had the honor of writing to you of 25th. Octr. ⅌ the Marion via N. York & copy ⅌ the Eliza via Boston, I am without any favors from Government. I now beg leave to transmit account of expenditures in claiming the cargo of the American ship Pacific, Capt. Ingrahm belonging to New London and which has lately been condemned by the V. A. Court at the Cape for want of a specific claim. I repeatedly wrote to Mr. Pickering late secretary of State while the Case was pending here, as well as to the Owners (Chas. Roswell Oliver Fittich, Hezekiah Kelly and Benja⟨min⟩ Leffenwell junr. all resident in Norwich) on the business, but as yet have not receiv⟨ed⟩ a single line on the subject. The ship⟨’s⟩ papers and other documents respecting ⟨the⟩ Cargo all clearly showed the property to b⟨e⟩ American. I have also enclosed ⟨an⟩ account against Richd. Butler now m⟨aster⟩ of the U. S. Frigate Essex, for Cash and necessaries furnished him at the desire of Capt. Preble, both which accounts if approved you will be pl⟨eased⟩ to order the amount to be paid to Mr. John Evans, second street Philadelphi⟨a⟩ for my account.

I have now the honor to lay before you ⟨a⟩ list of American Vessels which have Entered the ports of the Cape of Good Hope from June 1801. to December inclusive And With great Respect I have the Honor to be Sir Your most Obt. faithful Servt.

John Elmslie Junr.

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