James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert C. Gardiner, 29 August 1803

From Robert C. Gardiner, 29 August 1803


Gothenburg 29th. August 1803


On the 6th. April and 2nd. Currt. I had the honour to address you and by the present ⟨e⟩nclose the extracts of a tryal held before the Lord Mayor ⟨a⟩nd Aldermen of this City for the information of Government.

I, in behalf of Capt. Wadsworth acted as defendant in supporting a Contract signed by two Swedish Seamen to perform a Voyage in the Brig Neutrality of Boston, where it was particularly specified ⟨t⟩hat no Wages should be demanded or payed before ⟨t⟩he Voyage was performed, but as Contracts signed by ⟨S⟩wedish subjects abroad, are no longer in force after ⟨t⟩heir arrival in any of the territories of His Swedish Majesty, perhaps a publication to this effect will have a tendency to obviate any inconvenience, that might arrise to Commanders of American Vessels employing such Seamen in America and subjecting themselves to difficulties when it can be otherwise avoided. It is repugnant to the Laws of this Country that any of its Subjects shall be employe⟨d⟩ in foreign service and if any foreigner shall entic⟨e⟩ or take any away, he is liable to having his Ship arrested and himself subjected to a heavy fine. ⟨As⟩ the American trade to this Country is greatly incr⟨eas⟩ing, Cases of this nature may frequently occur, th⟨e⟩ Commanders ignorantly breaking this Law, I, therefore think it my Duty to inform you of the Circumstance.

I yesterday received a pacquet f⟨rom⟩ the Department of State, containing my appointm⟨ent⟩ from the President as Consul for this Port and Government, your standing Orders to Consuls and Vice Consuls, two blank Bonds and certain other ⟨i⟩nstructions and Documents all of which shall be punctually attended to.

As the Season of the year is fast approaching that the American Trade to this Country draws to a close, I shall take the Liberty to come ⟨o⟩ver to America for a short time in order to arrange ⟨so⟩me Business, which cannot be effected without a ⟨pe⟩rsonal interview, leaving as Vice Consul, David Airth Esqr: a Gentleman of much Respectability, ⟨a⟩nd who will I have no doubt adhere strictly to the ⟨i⟩nterest of the United States as well as the full perform⟨a⟩nce of the charge entrusted to him. I expect to be ⟨ba⟩ck to this country early in the Spring and have ⟨t⟩he Honor to be Most Respectfully Sir Your Most Obed. Servant

signed Robt. C. Gardiner

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