James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George William Erving, 31 October 1806

Oct: 31. 1806

Dear Sir

By a Special Courier who arrived here last night from Paris, news has been Receivd of a very important victory obtained by the French ⟨o⟩n the 14t Inst: The particulars are not ⟨co⟩rrectly known; but a letter from Mr Beauharnais ⟨to⟩ the French charge d’affaires here, brought by the Same courier, Says that the Prussian Army ⟨w⟩as Surrounded; 24,000 prisoners were taken, ⟨n⟩early the Same number were killed or deserted, & 100 pieces of artillery fell into the hands of the french. This is independant of the movements, & advantages gained on the 7t. 8t. ⟨   ⟩t. & 12t. There is Reason to believe that the Queen of Prussia has fallen into the hands of the French, & also that 2 or 3 french Marshalls or Generals have been killed I am Dear Sir very respectfully & faithfully Your obliged & obt. St

George W Erving

DNA: RG 59--DD-Diplomatic Despatches, Spain.

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