James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert W. Fox, 9 April 1803

From Robert W. Fox, 9 April 1803

Falmouth 9 April 1803

Esteemed Friend

A packet being about to depart to morrow for America, I take the freedom to Say that we continue in the same uncertain state respecting Peace or War between this Country & France: many people are of opinion War will be the consequence. The Impress Service is going on with great vigour in this Country, but hitherto the Citizens of the United States have not been molested, except one Man, who has been married in this Town for about 6 Years: I have forwarded his case to my Friend Erving.

Trade in general is very dull; and the Spanish and Portugal Markets falling for both Wheat & Flour. In this Country the prices are very low. Rice keeps up pretty well and so does Tobacco.

I expect the Mary Capt. Temple will be arrived in the United States long before thee receives this, and hope the disease will not again have appeared onboard that Ship.

Colonel Barclay is here on his way to New York, to be the British Consul at that City. I am with great respect Thy assured Friend

Rob W. Fox

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