James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Montgomery, 8 March 1806

Alicante 6 8 March 1806


Not having any letter unanswered from Goverment I have only the honor of handing You herewith the list of Arrivals at this port and district from the first of July till first of January last to which you will please be refered. Exclusive of the twenty One Vessels till the date above mentioned there near forty others Since arrived which will appear on our list till first of July next

The last packet from Algiers brings letters till the beginning of this month. I have none by this conveyance from Mr. Lear but as he is extremely punctual, I apprehend his letters may have Miscarried. The British Consul was ordered out of Algiers at the time the Packet sailed, but this Violence only relates to himself and is said to have been produced by a Suspicion that he had conveyed advices to a Portugues Squadron then Cruising of the port; it is now apprehended that the Portugues will not be able to conclude the Peace they expected Owing to the offence given to the Dey, by the intriguing above mentioned.

The Salt Cod fish from the Northern States have in general sold exceedingly well this Season; if the War Continues the prospect for Next is equally good. Flour has not sold well in Portugal but the Markets on this coast of Spain have been more favora⟨ble⟩ and $12 pr Bbl would now be obtaind for it. I have the honor to b⟨e⟩ With due respect Sir Your Obedient humble Servant

Robt. Montgomery

DNA: RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, Alicante.

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