James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Willis, 20 August 1803

From William Willis, 20 August 1803

Barcelona August 20th. 1803

Respected Sir,

John Leonard Esqr. has arriv’d and as it appears to be the Wish of the president that he should take charge of the Consulate I offer’d it to him the moment of his arrival and have aided him in being Rec’d here.

I have private information that he is authoriz’d to arrest me as soon as he takes the office which will be on Monday. This I must submit to as to all other Evils. My fate is peculiarly hard to be accus’d of acting against the interest of my Country, when next to my God I have loved it and had I served him as faithfully and Zealously as I have my Country I could meet him without the Conciousness of a Crime againt him. But notwithstanding the great prejudice rais’d against me, I trust I shall Make my innocence appear on tryal. If I cannot I shall suffe⟨r⟩ as a child suffers under the hand of a Mistaken parent. But I trust that I shall make my inocence clear. And if the place of Consul here is no⟨t⟩ filled by the Appointment of a Consul I hope to be again replaced ⟨here⟩ as it will be very interesting to m⟨e⟩ according to my present arrangeme⟨nts.⟩ But this must be left to the pre⟨sident⟩ to determine.

I shall send on my General a⟨ccts. soon⟩ and draw for the Amount a⟨nd⟩ reserve the draft untill My arriva⟨l⟩ at Washington. I am Sir With Respectf⟨ul⟩ Esteem Your Hbl Svt.

Willm. Willis

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