James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Elias Vanderhorst, 20 May 1806

May 20th. 1806.

The foregoing is a Copy of my last of the 24th. of March %p% the Ship Bristol Trader, Capt. Phelps, Via New-York, since which Period I have not had the Honor of hearing from you.

The Season for Vegetation here has hitherto been very favorable and the fields in consequence wear a m⟨ost⟩ Promising appearance, but, I am sorry to say, the aspect of Political matters is less pleasing. The War howev⟨er⟩ I yet think, will shortly be terminated, or, if not, it must, Ifear, become still more General. The former I conside⟨r⟩ as the most probable, especially when it is evident we a⟨re⟩ at a loss to discover new objects of Taxation, while it is cert⟨ain⟩ the old ones are already so burthened as to be incapable of bearing an additional pressure. It is also equally not⟨ed⟩ that our Commerce is on the decline, & that from the very nature of things it cannot be otherwise, whils⟨t⟩ political matters remain in the unprecedented & shamefu⟨l⟩ state they now are.

Enclosed I beg leave to hand you a few of our latest News-Papers, to which please be refered for particulars of what is now passing here of a Public nature, you have likewise herewith a late London Prices current.

I have the Honor to remain with great Respect, Sir, Your most Obt. & Most Hble S⟨ervant⟩

Elias Vanderhorst

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

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