Cowes 2nd April 1806
I embrace the opportunity of a Ship bound direct from hence to your neighbouring port, to convey Copy of my respects of the 24th. January which I beg to confirm. Since then the Captures of American Ships by British Cruisers have been confined to two or three within my district & these have been released almost immediately on their arrival in port. I Consequently flatter myself that the rage which prevailed in the Autumn & beginning for hunting after American Ships has in a great Measure subsided & will not be renewed. Our Wheat market keeps Steady at about 7/6 to 8/ %p% bushel weighing 60 pounds. These prices could not have been maintained if it had not been for the failure of the Crops in the northern parts of Europe. I have the honor to be with great respect Sir, your most obedient & most hble Servant
DNA: RG 59--CD--Consular Despatches, Southampton.