James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Sylvanus Bourne, 22 April 1806

Amsterdam April 22 1806.


You will perceive by the within that matters bear a warlike appearance between England & Prussia, & that those of the north of Europe are again clouded with a like aspect. Should the UStates succeed to preserve her peace the consequences must be highly valuable to our Country. GB seems now to suffer our vessells to pass more freely than before but those which have been taken in for adjudication are State condemned on the old grounds of a continued voyage &c.

The affairs of Europe are at present so unsteady & confused that it would be presumption to predict the result of political events or the effects their operation may have on commercial enterprizes. I have the honor to be With high Respect Yr Ob Servt.

S Bourne

DNA: RG 59--CD--Consular Despatches, Amsterdam.

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