James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Jarvis, 12 June 1806

Lisbon 12 June 1806


The foregoing is a Copy of my last respects by the Schooner ⟨Katerine⟩, Captn. Turner. A day or two after I spoke to the Deputy Consul General relative to the boarding our Vessels. He assured me he would use his utmost endeavours to prevent Similar aggressions & would write to Mr. Gambier on the Subject.

Five or six days Since arrived here the British King’s Brig of War the Richmond, bringing in as prise a Portugueze Merchantman from Spain. This Government conceiving there was no just cause of capture detained both. The Merchantman was then given up & the Brig of War was released.

Private letters from Porto State, that a Vessel whic⟨h⟩ arrived there from Bahia in the Brazils brings advic⟨e⟩ that the French Squadron six line of battle Ships & fou⟨r⟩ frigates, on board of which w⟨as⟩ Mr. Jerome Bonaparte arri⟨ved⟩ there in March. An embargo was immediately laid unti⟨l⟩ they had got what refres⟨h⟩ments they wanted and the⟨y⟩ sailed the 4th. April; destinatio⟨n⟩ unknown. As Several lette⟨rs⟩ from Houses of Credit contain the same informati⟨on⟩ it is not doubted.

Inclosed I have the pleasure to hand you Copy of an Official letter fr⟨om⟩ His Excellency Mr. de Arauj⟨o⟩ notifying the death of the Princess of Brazils. I waited on His Excellency to condole with him on the occasion & assured him that my Government took such a deep interest in every thing which concerned the Welfare & happiness of His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, that they would much regret the loss of a Princess so nearly allied to him. His Excellency returned me thanks for the treatise on Neutral rights which I sent him, observing it was a Subject of great interest to all Neutral powers. Inclosed also goes a copy of my letter which accompanied that production, and which I hope Sir will not be disapproved of. With entire Respect I have the honor to be Sir Yr. Mo: Obt: Servt:

Wm. Jarvis

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

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