James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Barker Church, 15 August 1806

Cork 15th. Augt. 1806


I had the Honor of addressing you on the 16th. June ⟨la⟩st, acknowledging the Favor you were pleased to grant me of appointing my Son James B. Church to be my Vice Consul

For some Time back a considerable Number of Seamen, Citizens of the United States of America, have been discharged here from the British Squadron of Frigates stationed at this Port, from which it appears that this Government has at length come to a proper Sense of it’s Conduct. And as these Men have come on Shore without any Means of Support I have found it necessary to furnish several with pecuniary ⟨A⟩id according to Circumstances. Along with their discharge each ⟨r⟩eceived a Document to uplift whatever trifling Balance of Wages might be due, but for which, Payment cou’d only be obtained in London. To such as a⟨n⟩ opportunity offered of immediate Transportation to the United States ⟨d⟩ue Attention was paid, & to others (not meeting any direct opportunity) I furnished Means to proceed via Liverpool, judging it ultimately ⟨le⟩ss expensive than maintaining them here in Idleness. & in general ⟨li⟩tle doubt cou’d be entertained of the Certainty of these People’s return ⟨h⟩ome, in as much as their respective Discharges wou’d be sufficient to protect them from further Molestation by any British Officer, & much ⟨p⟩leasurable Sensation appeared from their Wish to get to America. These Circumstances occurring immediately at this Port rendered Imposition ⟨i⟩mpossible & in the Disburse of the Money necessary in each Case I have used every possible Economy. I have the Honor to be Sir Your most obedt. Servt.

John Church

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

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