James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Richard Worsam Meade, 1 October 1807

Cadiz 1. October 1807.


I have the honor to transmit you above cop⟨y⟩ of my last Respects dated 24th. August, & have now to wait on you with a certified notari⟨zed⟩ Extract of the Sentence given by the Tribunal ⟨in⟩ the Case of Mr. Yznardy the American Con⟨sul of⟩ this City against me, By which you will ⟨see⟩ that He has been Condemned to restore money exacted on 8 different Vessells as ⟨un⟩just, to pay all the Costs of the Suit and ⟨per⟩petual silence imposed on him, as to his ⟨co⟩mplaints of the injury done his Character.

During the period that the suit was going ⟨on⟩ Mr. Yznardy has thought proper to write a ⟨mo⟩st extraordinary letter to the Governor of ⟨this⟩ City, requesting him to suspend my functions ⟨as⟩ Navy Agent, because I did not think proper ⟨to h⟩and him my Commission, & because he ⟨had⟩ not been notified by the American Govt. ⟨of m⟩y appointment, adding that no such office ⟨was⟩ provided for, by the Treaty with Spain, ⟨and he co⟩nsidered it as depriving him of his ⟨con⟩sular rights, & that he had not nor would he acknowledge me; He adds that he had written for Instructions some time since to America but had received no reply.

I submit these papers to you Sir ⟨   ⟩ Copies of them I have also for fear of acciden⟨ts⟩ transmitted to The Honble. Secretary of the Navy & shall wait your orders on the Subject. I remain With much Respect & Consideration Sir Your Very D. hl.

R W Meade

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

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