James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Richard Shippey Hackley, 10 October 1808

Consulate of the United States San Lucar de Barrd. 10th Octobr. 1808.


The detention of the Ship by which I have ⟨alre⟩ady had this pleasure permits me to hand you under ⟨   ⟩ the last Madrid Gazette and at the same time to ⟨info⟩rm you that by the letters by the same mail, we are ⟨inf⟩ormed that the french army consisting of abt. 45000 Men ⟨occu⟩py Burgos their line extending to Lagrona. The Spanish ⟨troo⟩ps under General Cuesta, Castaños, Blake, Palafox and ⟨ot⟩hers are collecting in force at Victoria and in its neigh⟨bor⟩hood. Further accounts state that a Division of french ⟨troo⟩ps of 15000 Men had again entered Bilbao but after ⟨posse⟩ssing themselves of the valuables which remained ⟨afte⟩r their former Entry, they had again evacuated that ⟨City⟩ at which period ’tis said Joseph Bonaparte had ⟨atte⟩mpted to make his escape by water to Bayonna, ⟨but⟩ failing in this object he returned to headquarters at ⟨Burg⟩os. The Vocales of Leon proceeding to the Central ⟨Jun⟩ta at Aranjuez have been taken by the french. With ⟨hig⟩h Respect and Esteem Sir Your most obed humb Servt

Richd. S. Hackley

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

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