James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Henry Hill, 13 June 1808

NewYork June 13th. 1808.


I had the honor by my letter of the 7th currt. to acknowledge the recpt. of all the papers, which by the advice ⟨r⟩eceived, have been directed to me from your department, except the Presidents Passport. This important Paper being ⟨n⟩ow at hand, and the vessel in readiness for sea, we shall sail tomorrow for our proposed destination.

The Passport of the Spanish Minister has not ⟨y⟩et been received; but agreeable to the instruction of Mr. Graham in his letter of 7th. currt. I shall proceed witho⟨ut⟩ it.

I have now the honor to inclose my bond. This letter is also accompanied by bill of seastores amt. $262.2/ 100 for which I have been obliged to draw in favor of Mr. Robt. Thorburn. It was not my intention to have done this, sir, but it became absolutely necessary, unless I had deprived myself of the means of decent support and have depended on chance after my arrival in the Brazils.

I am fully aware, sir, of the great import⟨ance⟩ of the mission which the President has been pleased to confide to my charge, and deeply impressed with the confidence and favor with which I have been honored.

I feel sanguine however of being able to execute the object of my trust with advantage to my country and to the satisfaction of the President & yourself, an⟨d⟩ be assured, Sir, nothing will be omitted on my part which zeal and attention can supply, to render the views of the government successful. With great respect I have the honor to be, sir, Yr. Mo. Ob. servt.

Henry Hill

DNA: RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, San Salvador.

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