James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Willis, 1 June 1802

From William Willis, 1 June 1802

New York June the 1t 1802.

Respected Sir

I have at length terminated my business and met with a passage to France as the nearest place to Barcelona and hope to be there in 40 days.

I should have solicited a passage in the Frigate now here had I not feard a long quarantine.

I am inform’d (indirectly) that one of the Mr Montgomerys of Alicant were about to apply for the consulate of Barcelona, and from this I am led to conjecture the source of a great part of the Clamour rais’d against me, and such an opportunity no doubt will be very gratifying to them, in order to be revenged of me for defending the interests of some american Citizens who I conceivd the⟨y⟩ had inju⟨red⟩ and were further attempting to injure. But I have a confidence in the executive of my Country, that it will always give me notice of a⟨ny⟩ charges made against me, and tim⟨e⟩ to defend myself, and I have a conf⟨idence⟩ that I can procure ten americans ⟨of⟩ reputable character, to give testi⟨mo⟩ny in my favor, to one that wi⟨ll⟩ say any thing against my character. My unremitted exertions will be [. . .] to serve my Country at all times. I am Sir With Esteem Your Hble Servt.

Willm. Willis

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