James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Willis, 29 September 1802

From William Willis, 29 September 1802

Barcelona 29th. Sept. 1802.

Respected Sir.

I herewith Enclose you Copies of my Last of the 19th. inst., Since which nothing New has taken place. I have not yet been able to get the Papers and Plate Promised me from the Person who has told me he has them, as he has removed them out of the Gates, and when I have been for them, he has either been absent or he had Company; but I am Confident he will make no bad use of them. As Soon as I get them, I Shall enclose a Set of them to you, and Shall Send the Plate by the first vessel bound to either of the Places mentionned to you in my Last. The Name of the person who has these Papers, is James Mills, whose unfortunate Situation, and his being in Madrid much of his time precludes him even from Suspicion of having Any thing to do with the business of the fabrication or Circulation, but I Shall take Affidavit on the Subject, when I get those things.

It Appears to me to have been a villanous plan in the Person who Sent them to Mills, to injure him if Possible, and Also to involve me in the injury, as I have advanced him a Large Sum to defend his Ship against the Spanish Government on the Accusation of the Dutch Consul.

There is now a Sweedish Frigate in the Road which will take under her Convoy two American Vessels which are here Ready to Sail. I Am with Respectfull Esteem Respected Sir your Most Humble Servan⟨t⟩

Willm. Willis

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