James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James McCann, 8 October 1808

Consulate of the United States Cadiz 8th: October 1808.

Respected Sir.

Referring to what I had the honor to address you under date of the 25th. August ⟨las⟩t P the Camilla John Warden Master bound to New York, I now have the ⟨ple⟩asure of advising you that Genl. Junot with about 24000. men have Capitulated to ⟨the⟩ British forces on the 29th. Augt. as also the Russian fleet that layed in the Tagus. ⟨Por⟩tugal of course is entirely free and all the Ports open. General Dupont and ⟨his Eta⟩t Major have sailed from this Port for Marseilles. General Bodel will follow ⟨them⟩ in a few days. Burgos Bilbau &ca: is free of the French, who are running ⟨th⟩eir Armies the same as Grey hounds thro’ Navarre leaving Cannon &ca. behind ⟨the⟩m, but hope in a few days to hear that the best part of them have been made ⟨pris⟩oners and very likely with them King Josef. By the enclosed Paper B. you ⟨will⟩ be informed of the Junta Suprema Central being compleatly errected at ⟨Aran⟩juez. Genl. Mazaredo and Branchiforte attempting to escape have been ⟨captur⟩ed and lodged in the Alcazar of Segovia. In general the affairs of this Country ⟨con⟩tinue in a most satisfactory way. The plan is to rise from 800. to a million of able ⟨men⟩ and would not be surprized to have them under arms for the month of January

My Prin. Mr. J. Yznardy still at Sevilla on the business of the Vessels ⟨detain⟩ed at Algeziras, writes me that he has all hopes of succeeding. With sentiments of high consideration & Respect, I am Sir, Your devoted & most obedt. Servant

James McCann

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

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