James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Maury, 4 February 1809

American Consulate Liverpool 4th. Feby. 1809


I had the honor of writing to you on the 28th. Ultimo.

The Vessel under the name of Sally with a Cargo of Tobacco, mentioned in my letter of the 25th., has arrived here, proves British, & has been admitted to Entry at this Custom house as such; but under ⟨t⟩he name of Eliza Farquhar Capt: Mc.Adam. Her Cargo 330 Hhds ⟨of⟩ Tobacco.

’Tis said this Vessel was originally American, (whether sailing ⟨u⟩nder a Certificate of Ownery or regularly registered I know not) that ⟨s⟩he had been condemned as Prize in the Admiralty Court Halifax, ⟨w⟩here she was furnished with British Papers, afterwards proceeded ⟨to⟩ the Chesapeak, where she was alternately British & American ⟨as⟩ happened to suit the purposes of the Owner. The information ⟨i⟩n this paragraph I do not give you as authentic, but as what is ⟨re⟩ported here.

It appears to me that two of the Crew of the Charleston Packet ⟨h⟩ave been falsely reported at this Custom house. Johannes Evans ⟨d⟩eclares himself a Native of Drummond Town Accomack County Virginia. Charles Selby is a free man of Color native of Charleston ⟨S.⟩ C.

The Schooner called the Juliet in my letter of 28th Ulto., ⟨I⟩ believe, is the Juliet Seymour of New York. I annex you the names of such of the Crew as I have examined. Peter Frank & John Thompson I rather expect are not Americans.

I hear a Vessel from Wilmington N. C. with Naval Stores for thi⟨s⟩ place has put into Kinsale, but have no information of her name.

On the 2d. Instant a Schooner called the Echo & a Sloop called the Dragon, said to be from New York, arrived here with Cotton & Nav⟨al⟩ Stores. In a subsequent letter I will give you any further particu⟨lars⟩ I may procure. I have the honor to be with perfect respect Your most obedt. Servt.

James Maury

Juliet Seymour Capt Bowen from New York
Thomas Williams Mate Baltimore
Hugh Hunter Norwood New Brunswick New Jersey
Francis Corner Water Street New York
John Myers Poughkeepsie do.
Peter Frank New Orleans
John Thompson Philadelphia
Addison Holmes Lansinburgh New York

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

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