Department of State March the 30th. 1806.
In answer to your letter of the 26th. instant, requesting to be informed of the mode in which the business of Spain with this Government may be conducted, within the United States under existing circumstances, I have to remark, that communications will be received in cases requiring them, from whatever Spanish functionaries might properly make them during a Failure of the ordinary Representative, and consequently that due attention will be given to such communications as you may address to this Department in your quality of Secretary of Legation. I have the honor, Sir, to be with great Respect your obedt. Servt.
signed James Madison