James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert W. Fox, 25 October 1802

From Robert W. Fox, 25 October 1802

Falmouth 25th. Octor. 1802

Esteemed Friend

I had the pleasure of addressing thee on the 4th. of last month, in reply to thy esteemed of the 16th. June. A Vessel being about to sail for Virginia, I benefit of the opportunity of sending thee a few Newspapers, which again begin to be interesting, tho’ I sincerely hope we shall not have War again in Europe.

By almost every packet to New York I have for some time past sent thee News papers, under Cover to the Post master there; but I have reason to beleive that they have not all been forwarded to thee, some of the covers having lately been returned to the Agent for the Packets at this place, in order to enquire by whom they were Sent from hence, a Gentleman in the post Office Department in London having the privil⟨edge⟩ of franking News papers by the Packets; which I thought right to mention, to account for the papers not getting to thy hands.

The Crops in England have turned out, in general, productive, and prices may be quoted from 56/ à 64/ Pr. Qur. for Wheat & 50/ à 52/ Pr. Sack of 2 1/2 for Flour. In Spain there is a demand for Flour for the Havannah; prices by the last advices, 10 à 11 hard Dollars. In Italy th⟨ey⟩ also require importations, their Crops having failed. I am with much respect Thy assured Friend

Rob. W. Fox

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