James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Church, 2 January 1808

Cork 2nd. January 1808


Herewith enclosed I hand you my annual Return of the ⟨Impor⟩tations of American Produce into this Port & also a statement of my account. Since my ⟨former⟩ communication I have no matter of any Importance to make known for your Government ⟨as com⟩ing within my Jurisdiction.

The Disbursements I found necessary to enter into during the ⟨past⟩ year were not of any extent. From time to time american Citizens called for & ⟨had⟩ my aid & constant attendance in cases of Inconvenience but the facility afforded for the ⟨accom⟩modation of such by the presence of Vessels belonging to the United States here & some ⟨consta⟩ntly moving towards their own Country enabled me (I may say) at most times to make ⟨arran⟩gements generally for the Return of destitute Citizens & without laying out much of ⟨our F⟩unds which by suitable management & proper Economy I have heretofore preserved ⟨in g⟩ood order.

The Trade of this place is becoming more & more Extensive ⟨& the⟩ Dutys attending this office I feel wonderfully encreased & benefitted by the liberty ⟨I enjoy⟩ of my son James B Church acting as my Vice Consul.

I have the Honor to be Sir Your Most Ob Servant

John Church

⟨Thro⟩ughout the whole of last year the ⟨American⟩ Flag has been much engaged in ⟨Carrying⟩ from Portugal to this place. The article ⟨Composi⟩ng most ships Cargo’s was Salt.

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

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