James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Edward Jones, 10 May 1802

From Edward Jones, 10 May 1802

Pointe Pitre 10th. May 1802


I take the earliest Opportunity to inform you of the arrival of the French Squadron at this Port on the 6th inst. with 4 or 5000 troops, and that peaceable possession was taken of this Town and the neighbouring Forts the Same Evening. Genl. Richpanse with most of the Squadron has gone down to Basseterre, where it is beleived Resistance will be made by the Blacks. An Embargo was laid immediately on the arrival of the Fleet but is now off.

Enclosed I have the Honor to forward You a Copy of a Letter I wrote the Prefect, on his refusing to receive me as Coml. Agent of the U. States, on Acct. of which he sent for me, and Observed that he could not go into a Diplomatic correspondence with me. After reading the 10th. Article of the Treaty, by which he observed it was not intended to admit Agents in the Colonies, at the Same time he assured me of his friendly disposition towards our Commerce—tho’ in a Short time it will be restricted as before the Revolution. This Restriction rests with him, and occasionally may be mitigated according to the necessity of the Island. Basseterre is to be the port of Entry, where all Vessels must enter and recieve passports to proceed to any other Port of the Island. Should they enter other ports before this regulation is known those papers must be sent thence for entry and permit to discharge. As soon as those Rules are published I will forwd. them to the US. I shall remain in the Island for Some time, and will Communicate any material change that may take place relative to our Commerce. With the utmost consid⟨eration⟩ I have the Honor to b⟨e⟩ Sir Your most Obt. and very Hble Se⟨rvt.⟩

Edwd: Jon⟨es⟩

Index Entries