James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George William Erving, 13 August 1806

Private No 12 via Cadiz

Madrid August 13 1806

Dear Sir

A Courier arrived here last Night to the French charge d’affaires who brings news to the 5th Inst: Contrary to all Reasonable Expectation the peace between England & France is arranged. Telegraphick news had reached Paris from Calais that Lord Lauderdale had landed who is sent on the part of Great Britain to begin the preliminaries.

I am Dear Sir, with true respect & very faithy your obliged & obt St

George W Erving

P S As a Courier sets out this moment for Lisbon I have supposed that this important news may reach you sooner thro this than any other Channel.

Postscript Augt. 14th. I dispatched the foregoing (by original & duplicate) in great haste yesterday for Lisbon by a special Courier of the Portuguese Ambassador. The intelligence referred to comes from General Bournonville, & I presume may be relied upon. I learn nothing respecting the terms of the Treaty, Excepting only that Prussia is to lose considerably, at least that Hanover is to be restored to the King of England.


MHi: George W. Erving Papers.

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