James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Cooke, 13 April 1806

Charleston April 13th. 1806

I have permitted the last letter you did me the Honor to address to me to lie for a great length of time unanswered, on account of the perplexities attending the Negociations with Spain. I embrace the present moment, to return to you, my most unfeigned and gratefull thanks for the attention you have been pleased to pay, to the papers, in my Case against Dn: Cordova. You informed me that you had transmitted the original Documents to Madrid, to the care of the American Minister, in order that they might be laid before the Tribunal to which the appeal was made, and in consequence of this act of your goodness, I have been in constant expectation, to hear of the Final Decision at Madrid, in this Case, a⟨s⟩ it was merely a legal Case between two Individuals. But from having heard nothing more of it, I begin to dread that agreeable to their System, they are procrastinating this, as they have done all other Cases, wherein they are called on for Justice. If you have heard nothing from Madrid on the Subject, since the arrival of the Papers there, May I once more appeal to your Humanity, & goodness, in praying you, to be pleased to urge the final close of the business at Madrid, and if from informat⟨ion⟩ you should be of Opinion, that it is myself only, that can bring it to a close, to have the goodness to inform me ther⟨e⟩of as quick as conveniently you can, and I will repair ⟨to⟩ Madrid, as quick thereafter, as possible.

If it can be usefull, or satisfactory to this Country, to know whether it is the uniform system, of the Spanish Tribunals, to deny Justice, in all Cases, to the Citizens of this Country; The Decision of this case, Will Decide the point, beyond all doubt; as a Case, more loudly calling for Justice, never has, nor ever can be brought before them. Should my Neccessities drive me, to apply to my Country, for the aid of a little Money, to carry my business through: be pleased to say, if you think I could obtain it, on the explaining my Greivances, and giving a Security, in landed Property in Georgia. My Case against the Intendant General, gives me endless anxiety, as I see the endless difficulties that the Spanish Government, are opposing to the demands of this Government for Justice. But in this, I stand like my fellow Citizens generally, resting on the Exertions of their Country, on their behalf. And for my own part, I am satisfied that the Exertions have been great, Zealous, & Sincere. Should there be any thing, you may be pleased to Communicate to me, on the preceeding Subjects, be pleased to Direct to me, as before, at Darien, Georgia, to the care of the post master. Wishing, and praying God to bless you, with Honor, happiness and prosperity, and remain with every Sentiment of the most profound respect, Sir Your Most obliged Most Obed. Servt.

Wm: Cooke.

DNA: RG 76—Preliminary Inventory.

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