From William Buchanan, 30 May 1802
Isle of France 30 May 1802
I have the satisfaction to acknowledge the receipt of your Standing Instructions, to Consuls & Vice Consuls of the United States under date of 9 July 1801, as likewise a Copy of my Commission as Commercial Agent of the United States for the Isles of France & Bourbon. The forwarding of a Copy has proved a necessary Measure, as the Vessel by which the Original was forwarded is unquestionably lost. Your Instructions respecting returns of the American Vessels which may arrive within my district shall be observed, tho’ I am apprehensive it will be difficult to execute that part, which regards Cargoes, as most of our Countrymen are unwilling to give the necessary Information.
I Shall be particular in Communicating to you all Political and Commercial information which I may Conceive interesting to the United States.
The two blank forms mentioned in your Instructions to have been forwarded were omitted. Therefore it is not in my Power to comply with your request. I hope the delay will not be of much Consequence as I presume new Bonds will be required should my appointment be confirmed by the Senate. I have the Honor to be Very Respectfully Sir Your Hble Servt.