Antigua August 20th. 1806
I take the earliest Opportunity to Inform you of my arrival, ⟨a⟩nd beg leave to say, that I have entered on the duties of my Office. ⟨I⟩ waited on Lord Levington to announce my appointment as Commer⟨cial Ag⟩ent, and I am happy in observing that His Lordship shews every dis⟨po⟩sition of promoting a good understanding. Several American Vessel⟨s fro⟩m French Ports bound to the United States are detained and sent ⟨in⟩to Port, and as they are libelled I shall be able to ascertain in a few ⟨days⟩ the grounds on which they are Captured. I have had five appli⟨ca⟩tions from American Seamen Impressed on board His Majesty’s ⟨ ⟩ers, and as soon as the Ships arrive in this Port I shall claim ⟨the⟩m, and I am fully persuaded every Man holding a Certificate ⟨wi⟩ll be delivered up to me. I have the honor to be Sir Yr mo’ Obedt. Servant
Joseph W Rose
DNA: RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, Antigua.