James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Vincent Gray, 29 May 1803

From Vincent Gray, 29 May 1803

Havana 29th. May 1803.


I addressed you on the 25. of may ⟨i⟩nstant, on the subject of the return of Dn. Francisco Arango, from Santo Domingo, since which time nothing hath transpired ⟨o⟩fficially, relative to his mission to that Island: ⟨bu⟩t I have received information from a quarter ⟨on⟩ which I can rely, that he succeeded ⟨in⟩ his mission in part; and that on the day of his departure from thence, a convent⟨i⟩on was signed by him, on the part of this Government, relative to their future intercourse, and that in said convent⟨i⟩on it is stipulated, that each party shall be at liberty to have at the seat of Governt. of the other, one Agent or Commissary at least, to be charged with the concerns of his Government, and of its Citizens or subjects, and whom shall, be Publicly acknowledged as such.

Whether this Convention will be made Public before it passes under the review of His Catholic Majesty and the First Consul for their assent, is uncertain, but I feel well assured that a French Agent will in a short time, be publicly acknowledged here; by order of the court of Madrid. However should this Convention as I now suppose, not be made Public, after being approved by the supreme Council of the Island I will procure thro’ a friend here, a copy thereof; and forward it to you; for ⟨t⟩he use of the Executive, in order that they may be prepared to demand from His Catholic Majesty, our rights, under the nineteenth article of the Treaty of San Lorenzo el Real, of the 20th. of October 1795. I am Sir, very respectfully your mo: Obt. Servt.

Vincent Gray

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