James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Lee, 6 September 1806

American Consulate Bordeaux Sep. 6: 1806.


I have the honor to submit to you herewith a Triplicate of my returns of ⟨t⟩he entrances and clearances of American Vessels at this port from the 1st. of January to the 30th June.

Lord Lauderdale remains still at Paris ⟨b⟩ut it appears little or no hopes are entertained ⟨th⟩at his negotiations will terminate in peace. The ⟨co⟩nfederacy of the north it is rumoured is nothing ⟨els⟩ than a new coalition between Russia, Prussia &c. ⟨an⟩d what gives some appearance of probability to these ⟨re⟩ports is the want of a confirmation of the ratification ⟨of⟩ the Emperor Paul to the Treaty with Russia. A ⟨co⟩nsiderable Army is collecting on the confines of Spain destined it is said against Portugal which country we are told is to be given up to Spain in Exchange for Navarre and Biscay and these provi⟨nces⟩ are to be united into one principality for one of the Emperor Napoleons family. Lucien Bonaparte has la⟨tely⟩ been taken into favor and it is asserted is to be created King of the Swiss. Jerome has just arrived in a seventy four at a small port near Brest. He is spoken of in some circles at Paris as a fit King for Portugal. With great respect I have the honor to remain Your Obt. St.

Wm. Lee

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

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