James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Unite Dodge, 20 April 1802

From Unite Dodge, 20 April 1802


Cap-Français April 20. 1802


I have the honour to inform you that the General commercial Agent of the United States at St. Domingo left here the 17 inst for Baltimore in the Ship Ardent Capt. Groom.

Previous to Colol. Lear’s departure he favoured me with a promotion to perform the duties of the office, in his absence—as far as relates to Certificates, Protests &ca for American citizens, which I shall perform to the best of my abilities and with every exertion to give the utmost satisfaction to my fellow Citizens.

The unfortunate, and I have no doubt, innnocent, Captains Rogers & Davidson are still under close confinemt. in the common prison without any prospect of relief by Trial or otherwise; But a Trial has not been that necessary, since the punishmt. now inflicting upon them is due only to the worst of criminals: on this Subject however as well as all others, Colol. Lear only is fully qualified & prepar’d to give the most ample & correct details. I therefore shall not make any remarks further than to add, that the same unfriendly disposition manifested from the arrival of the Fleet, still continues, and that the cause is not owing to any improper conduct, that I am acquainted with, on the part of my Countymen.

Shou’d you, Sir, think proper to honour me with any further Instruc⟨tions⟩ in addition to what has been confided to me by Colo: Lear, I shall conform thereto and not be influenced one moment by any seperate wish or Interest of my own.

The port of St. Domingo is open to our Vessels from this date—the same as this & port republican. I have the honour to be Most Respectfully Sir Your very obedt. Servant

U Dodge

NB. 30 April I have the inexpressible pleasure to add that Capt. Rogers is the Bearer of this—he was released together with Capt. Davidson on the 28th. Inst.

Index Entries