James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Montgomery, 26 September 1803

From Robert Montgomery, 26 September 1803

Alicante 26th. Septr. 1803.


Under the 26th. Ultimo I had the honor ⟨o⟩f addressing you, of which duplicates have gone forward and I beg you will be refered to their contents.

I have since received no Letters or Instructions from Government, and have ⟨o⟩nly to ⟨Send⟩ you herewith Copy of a Letter from the Governor of this Place which seems to be Circular to the Consuls in his District. I have also sent a Copy of it to Mr. Pinkney at Madrid. I shall wait for your or his Instructions regarding this business and conduct myself agreeable thereto, but as it is Known in Spain that the Officers of our Navy never have been guilty of Smuggling I should think the order will not be rigorously enforced against our Ships of War otherways it may very much prejudice our System of Convoying in the Meditterranean. It is believed there are not any Tripolin Corsairs on this Coast at present

The Commerce from here to almost every Port in the United States continues on a very advantageous footing Wheat, Flour, Fish, Staves &c. are demanded in this Country and the retu⟨rn⟩ made in Wine & Brandy to a very considerable amount, the Duties Charged on o⟨ur⟩ Shipping and Cargoes are no other than tho⟨se⟩ paid by Foreign Nations in this Country o⟨n⟩ Simular occasions. I have the honor to subscribe myself with due regard and resp⟨ect⟩ Sir, Your Obdt. huml. Se⟨rvant⟩

Robt. Montgomery

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