Madeira 26. April 1808.
I have the honor to inform you that on the 23d. Inst. this Island was returnd to its former Masters, and on the 24th. the Portuguese Flag, was displayed on all the Fortifications. The Civil Government ⟨w⟩ill be administerd by the Portuguese Governor & Council as heretofore, but the British Troops are to be continued here to protect This Colony, consequently will ⟨re⟩main in Possession of all the Batteries. General Beresford will be superseded ⟨by⟩ another General, and is destined for a more active Command probably ⟨for⟩ a Second Visit to Beunos Ayres, or Monte Video. By the Cutter ⟨w⟩hich brought the last Dispatches from England, We are informed that ⟨the⟩ differences between Great Britain and the United States, are amicably ⟨adj⟩usted, which gives us leave to Hope that the Commercial intercourse ⟨be⟩tween the two Nations will be soon Restored on an honorable & permanent ⟨bas⟩is. I have the honor to continue with great Respect Sir Your obedt. Servt.
James Leander Cathcart
DNA: RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, Funchal.