James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Willis, 31 July 1802

From William Willis, 31 July 1802

Barcelona July the 31st. 1802

Respected Sir

I arriv’d here on the 23d inst and on the following day wrote to our minister at Madrid a Coppy which letter I now enclose to you as it contains something respecting the Clamor that has been rais’d in my absence which as I expected has ceas’d and those that have been so active in their Clamor begin now to be sensible that their reward will be nothing but shame and disgrace and some of the most violent of them have met me with hipocritical apologies for their Conduct. I also enclose you my second letter to our Minister—by which you will also see some of the most agravating parts of the treatment I have met with from those wh⟨o⟩ were under the greatest obligations to me.

In my journey through france I discover’d nothing remarkable. The people seem in general friendly to the United States.

I am sorry to find our affairs wi⟨th⟩ the tripolins not so favorable as could be wish’d, but I have hopes hitherto ⟨that⟩ but one Vessells has fallen int⟨o⟩ their hands. This no doubt the Enclos’d let⟨ter⟩ from Consul Obrien has explaind to yo⟨u⟩ and I hope he may succeed in redeemi⟨ng⟩ the Crew as he expected.

I shall in a Short time I hope be ⟨able⟩ to bring to a conclusion the case of Cap⟨n.⟩ Mills of the Ship Catherine. This case has no doubt been transmitted to you by the American Minister Col. Humphreys. The case of this Vessell is Certainly a hard one as the inocence of the Captain has been made manifest and the Spanish Government seem sensible of it or otherwise they Certainly would have condemnd him. His detention has been the cause of the ruin ⟨o⟩f a house in the United States, and will in the event be the ruin of the Captain ⟨i⟩f justice is not done him. I am Sir With Respectfull Esteem Your Hble Servt.

Willm. Willis

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