James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Savage, 25 June 1803

From William Savage, 25 June 1803

Kingston Jamaica June 25h. 1803


I Had the Honour to address you under ⟨d⟩ate of 13h. Ultimo, since which an express boat ⟨h⟩as arrived from England with Dispatches from Government for the Governeur & Admiral ⟨a⟩dvising of the renewal of Hostilities between the French & English, in consequence of which their has been a very Hot press throughout the Island. In this Port about Sixty Seamen were taken out of The American Vessels, immediately after which I made application to the Admiral who granted liberation to the Americans & Citizens. Some few Vessels on the North Side have lost some of their people & have experienced distress from the measure. The names of the persons impressed I have a minute of & on the arrival of the frigates on which they are, I shall make application for their Discharge. From the experience I have had I trust you wi⟨ll⟩ permit me to observe that the mode hith⟨erto⟩ observed in filling up protections at Custom Houses in America have not been suff⟨i⟩ciently full. They should pointedly state the City Town District, County & State where th⟨e⟩ person was born & if he has a family it should be mentiond. Much good will ⟨arise⟩ from it. In the State of New York & som⟨e⟩ to the Southward a numerous body of British Seamen very improperly received protections which gave much offence to ⟨the⟩ different Admirals on this Station.

I am very confident much good will ari⟨se⟩ from the Act of Congress of 28 February last respecting American Seamen, who to my personal knowledge sufferd grea⟨tly⟩ from the very improper conduct of ma⟨ny⟩ masters of American Vessels. I Have the Honour to be very Respect⟨fully⟩ Your Obed. Hume. Serv⟨t.⟩

Wm. Sava⟨ge⟩

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