From William Lee, 6 October 1802
Bordeaux Octr 6th 1802.
The enclosed is a copy of my respects under date of the 26th Ulto. since which I have been favored by Mr. Berjevin principal Commissary of Marine for this Department with an arreté of the Consuls a copy of which I have the honor to enclose.
I took the liberty to mention to you in my letter of July 22d. that notwithstanding the circular which the Secretary of the Treasury addressed in July 1801 to the Collectors and Naval Officers respecting bills of health many vessels left the United States without them and in consequence of this neglect were subject to a ruinous quarantine. It now appears as if some further Steps were necessary on the part of government to prevent our shipping from experiencing this inconvenience.
Accompanying this you have a file of the moniteur and Journal de Commerce. With much respect I am Sir Your humble. Servt.