James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Willis, 25 August 1803

From William Willis, 25 August 1803

Barcelona August 25st. 1803

Respected Sir,

Mr. John Leonard has arrived here. As it seem’d to be the wish of the Government that I should give up the Consulate to him I have done it and shall attend the Orders of the president.

I have secret information that Mr. Leonard has power to arrest me and send me to America. This I submit to. It has been my fate to love and Serve my Country with Zeal, and to lay under the imputation of a most attrocious Violation of duty. I am however ready to meet the result and am With Respectfull Esteem Yr Hble Ser

Willm. Willis

If after my tryal on my inn⟨o⟩cence being establish’d the preside⟨nt⟩ should think me from my Services an object of Confidence I should be happy in being reinstated in th⟨e⟩ Consulate of this place. I am as before With Respect

Willm. Will⟨is⟩

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