James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert W. Fox, 8 August 1802

From Robert W. Fox, 8 August 1802

Falmouth 8 August 1802

Esteemed Friend

Enclosed be pleased to receive an account of American Vessels arrived in my district from the 1st. of January to the 30th. of June; many more have touched off this port for orders and immediately proceeded on their Voyage whose names I could not procure.

Since my last respects Flour has fallen in France to 42 Livres per Barrel, and very little in demand; in Spain it is quoted at 9 à 11 hard Dollars per Bbt. We have now fine Weather and the Crops of Grain look well.

On hearing of the Barbary Powers being hostile towards the Ships of the United States, I immediately communicated the intelligence as far as I could to prevent any Vessels proceeding to the Mediteranean from falling into their possession.

Trade in general in this Nation continues at a low ebb. I am with much respect Thy assured Friend

Rob. W. Fox

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