James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Willis, 7 September 1803

From William Willis, 7 September 1803

Barcelona September 7th. 1803

Respected Sir,

I have been much afflicted with many anonymous letters some of them very threatning. But I am more at a loss respecting your private favor of the 28th. of May than any other, as there has been a frigate here from the Squadron and altho I Spent part of my Time with the officers Especially with the Captain Rogers, Nothing was said to me on the subject of your letter These things seem very strange to me and had I not seen a letter in the hands of Mr. Leonard which he assured me was in your hand writing that resembled the writing in the private letter from you of the 28th. of May I Should have doubted it to have come from you, but I am still prepar’d to meet the arrest and am confident that I shall make my innocence appear, and that I shall again be thoug⟨ht⟩ worthy of trust from my Country whic⟨h⟩ I have faithfully Served and Million⟨s⟩ of dollars would not have tempted ⟨me⟩ to have done any thing against h⟨er⟩ interest; the accusation is therefore the mo⟨re⟩ painfull to me, as I have neglected my own interest to serve that of my Country.

Captain Rogers of the United Stat⟨es⟩ frigate J A Sailed from this place four days ago for the Streights with Six S⟨ail⟩ of American Merchant Vessells and the ⟨next⟩ day a large frigate pass’d in Sight of this Port Suppos’d to be the Commodore Morris and Yesterday the Nautilus schooner pass’d here in Search of Captain Rogers: Captain Rogers had With h⟨im⟩ the Tripoline Ship that had been S⟨o⟩ Long Blockaded in Gibralter.

We have Little or no News here of note. There is a British Ship of the line at Anchor in this road. She i⟨s⟩ from the Squadron off Toulon. She left there 10 Sail of the line which is about the same number which the french have in Toulon harbour. I Am sir With Respectfull Esteem Your Hble Servt.

Willm. Willis

NB. I am inform’d that the place of Consul is Vacant at Madrid and as I have no doubt of [. . .]ing you of My innocence and as I feel my⟨se⟩lf Sufficiently recoverd from the effects of the Medicine to undertake this affair I would Therefore be ready to take charge of the office if the Executive should think Me Worthy of it and as there is a salary annexed to it it would make me some compensation for the losses I have sustained

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