James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Lee, 22 April 1807

United States Consulate Bordeaux April 22: 1807


I did not receive your letter of the 26 January concerning Capt. Fairchild until the day before yesterday. I have done everything in my power to persuade him to conform to the wishes of Government but without success. His vessel now lays at the mouth of this river with a full cargo & a great many passengers for New York. The primage and half passage money on that voyage amounts to one thousand dollars besides which he has a considerable adventure on board and some affairs of moment to hi⟨m⟩ which desire his attention at New York. ⟨These⟩ circumstances notwithstanding I assured him Government would make every suitable reimbursement he has concluded render it impossible for him to attend to the trial of Captain Whitby, and I have written to Mr Monroe accordingly. With great respect, I have the honor to remain Your Obt. ⟨Servt.⟩

Wm. Lee

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

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