James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Lee, 24 July 1807

Bordeaux July 24. 1807


I wrote you a few lines yesterday to announce to you the peace with Russia. Prussia it is said is negotiating separately and the promulgation of the peace with her is hourly expected. The articles of each treaty will be communicated to the Senate by the Emperor in person who we are told is to be at Paris on the 16 Augt for that purpose. Several of his houshold have already arrived in that City. The reports of the division of Europe between Alexander Emperor of the East, and Napoleon Emperor of the West, which I had the honor of stating to you in my respects of yesterday gain ground and are very generally credited. Those letters from Rus⟨sia⟩ which have given currency to these reports state this division in the following manner. There are to be sixteen Kings in Europe eight under the protection ⟨of⟩ Alexander and the others under that of Napoleon. ⟨The⟩ forces of their Kingdoms are to be limited.

The old family of Naples is to be re instated

Joseph the present King of Naples to be King of I⟨taly⟩

Eugene V. King of Italy to be king of Holland

Louis King of Holland abdicates his Throne

The Emperor of Austria to be king of Austria and Bohemia

The Arch Duke Charles to be King of Hungaria

The Grand Duke Constantine to be King of the Greeks to reside at Constantinople

The Grand Duke of Berg, King of Poland

Jerome Bonaparte to be King of Saxony

Bernadotte Grand Duke of Hanover, and t⟨he⟩ King of Prussia is to have all his estates aga⟨in⟩ except Westphalia and Prussian Poland. Te⟨rms⟩ of peace have been offered by both Sovereigns to Engla⟨nd⟩ which if not accepted a general coalition is to be formed against her.

These rumours at present engage the ⟨publ⟩ic mind. They may be true in part, and I have therefore thought it proper to make them known to you 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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