James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Anthony Charles Cazenove, 31 October 1814

From Anthony Charles Cazenove

Alexandria Octr. 31st. 1814


The bearer of this Mr. Manuel Torres who has been particularly recommanded to me, having after considerable meditation & labor matured quite a new plan of taxes, which he believes to be well calculated to releave the United States from their pecuniary embarrassments, wishes to submit it to the consideration of Government.

Knowing the favorable reception which every thing intended for the public good is sure to receive from your hands, & obtain whatever attention it may be found to merit, I take the liberty to give him this letter, & remain most respectfully Sir Your obedt. humble Servt.

Ant Chs Cazenove

RC (DLC). Enclosed in Torres to JM, 11 Feb. 1815. Cazenove sent a similar letter, also dated 31 Oct. 1814, to Treasury Secretary Alexander J. Dallas, and William Duane wrote a 25 Oct. 1814 letter introducing Torres and recommending his “financial views” to James Monroe (DLC). Duane stated that Torres was “a gentleman of South America who has resided here for a considerable number of years, and is attached to our government and country.” Torres subsequently published An Exposition of the Commerce of Spanish America; With Some Observations upon Its Importance to the United States. To Which are Added, a Correct Analysis of the Monies, Weights, and Measures of Spain, France, and the United States; And of the New Weights and Measures of England: With Tables of their Reciprocal Reductions; and of the Exchange between the United States, England, France, Holland, Hamburg; And between England, Spain, France, and the Several States of the Union (Philadelphia, 1816; Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 39104).

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