James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Elias Vanderhorst, 4 September 1807

Bristol Sepr. 4th 1807.


Since my last respects of the 1st. Ulto. Pr the Ship Robert Burns, Capt. White, Via Liverpool for New York, ⟨I⟩ have not been honored with any of your favors.

The Harvest here is now nearly closed & proves, as I expected, ample in quantity & good in quality, particularly Wheat. I am sorry to say the affairs of Europe appear yet very unsettled, as notwithstanding the Peace that has lately taken Place between France, Russia & Prussia a new War, on a novel principle, has since commenced, and I am very apprehensive from its nature that this alarmg. ⟨   ⟩ is too likely to take a very extensive range insomuch that its result must baffle all present calculations, though it is too probable that its baneful effects will be widely & severely felt.

Enclosed I beg leave to hand you my Accts. of Imports ⟨a⟩nd Exports by Vessels belonging to the U. S of America at this Port, for the half year ending the 30th. of June last, none ⟨ha⟩ving taken place at any of the Out-Ports within my District. ⟨I⟩ likewise beg leave to enclose you a few of our latest News⟨pa⟩pers to which please be referred for occurrences of that sort, ⟨wh⟩ich are generally conveyed in these kinds of vehicles. I have ⟨the⟩ Honor to remain with great respect Sir, Your most Ob. & most Hble. Servt.

Elias Vanderhorst

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

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