James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Jacob Crowninshield, 3 January 1806

Washington 3d. Jany. 1806


I beg leave to transmit to you Several documents in the case of the Schooner Rover of Boston, Reuben Carver Master, captured by an English private armed vessel, & condemned at Bermuda in April 1796. The decree of condemnation appears to have been reversed in ’99 with costs and damages. The award exceeded fifteen hundred pounds sterling, & the expences have amounted I am assured to upwards of three thousand seven hundred dollars. The owners of the privateer are able to pay, they are in the Island. The attachment was issued in July 1802, & yet it remains unsatisfied to this day, altho’ every legal & proper step, to execute it, has been taken by the owners of the vessel & their agent. What seems most extraordinary in this case, is, that no officer can be found in Bermuda who will serve the execution. -

I have sent Mr: Brook’s letter, as I conceived it would give you additional information on the subject.

I wish to put this claim intirely under the protection of the Government of the United States, & I would particularly request your interference on behalf of these injured merchants. will you have the goodness to take it under your special care, & do with it as you may think for the best. For my own part I am not acquainted with a more shameful denial of justice, in any case whatever, than is seen in these proceedings on the part of the officers of the English Government in Bermuda. –

I have the honor to be with the highest respect & esteem Sir your most obedt. Servt.

(Signed)Jacob Crowninshield

DLC: Causten-Pickett Papers.

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