Liverpool 2 Jany 1815
Peace having been at length agreed on, I take the earliest Opportunity of continuing the offer of my services in the Situation of Consul, which I have so long had the honor of holding in this place: and, altho’ years must have, in some degree, rendered me less active, yet they cannot diminish the attachment I have to my countrymen or the desire I have invariably possessed of being useful to them.
On the opening of intercourse, I shall hope to recieve your orders for the Appropriation of the balance I owe you. Since the Signature of peace has been known, Tobaccoe has been without sale; so that I cannot quote a price: previous to this event it had been from 2/. a 5/C Hds as in quality. The whole Stock now in the King’s Warehouses for this port is short of one hundred Hhds. At the commencement of the war it was about fifteen thousand.
With the compliments of the Season I pray you to accept the sincere good wishes of your old obliged friend & Servant
DLC: Papers of James Madison.