James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Joseph Warner Rose, 14 May 1806

Boston May 14, 1806


Having heard of an opportunity direct from this Port to the Island of Antigua which will ⟨s⟩ail early the next month and being determined to avail myself of it, I beg leave to communicate it as ⟨y⟩ou may have some orders for me. The Commission ⟨as⟩ commercial Agent which the President has ⟨co⟩nfer’d on me directs me to render all the Assistance ⟨in⟩ my power to impressed Seamen as likewise ⟨   ⟩ captured Property From this, am I to consider ⟨m⟩yself empowered to depute or substitute Agents ⟨in⟩ the Islands included under the Government of ⟨L⟩ord Livingston, termed the Leeward & Caribbee ⟨Is⟩lands. My reasons for requesting this Information proceeds from the Knowledge of many vessels hav⟨ing⟩ been at different Periods carried into Montserrat Nevi⟨s⟩ & St. Kitts, & where the Captain not having the Knowledge of any person, has in many cases ⟨put⟩ themselves to unnecessary expence by filing claims which are not admitted at the Court of Antigu⟨a.⟩

Tortola which is included under the Government of Lord Livingston has also a court of Admiralty whe⟨re⟩ it may be necessary if the Commission admits ⟨of⟩ it, for me to appoint some Person who would c⟨ome⟩ forward, with Security for Property put off for ⟨fur⟩ther proof. The Advantages arising to the Merch⟨ants⟩ are obvious & where I have had the Opportunity of ac⟨com⟩plishing this by the consent of the Captors, the Owners have very handsomely acknowledged the Benef⟨it⟩ My Agent at Antigua mentions the Detention of Several Vessells in March, most of them were acquitted & three put ⟨of⟩f for further Proof, in which cases Security, was ⟨gi⟩ven & the property has arrived in the United States I have the Honor to be Sir Your Obedient Servt.

Joseph Rose

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

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