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will, of course, expect your opinion and directions, with as little delay as possible, as the captain wishes to depart immediately.

"I have not thought myself justified in calling, without you, to make inquiries after Mr. Fox's health, but it is understood that he mends. If I do not see you soon, I will seek you at Low Layton. I hope, however, to meet you to-day at Sir Francis Baring's.

BLAKE's, Jermyn-street, July 1.

I am, &c.

"P. S. I have taken a temporary house in Baker-street, No. 46, and shall be in possession to-morrow morning."


"PORTLAND PLACE, July 17, 1806.

"DEAR SIR,-I have the pleasure to enclose you a copy of a paper which I propose presenting at a proper time to Mr. Fox.* I will thank you to examine it, and to suggest any alterations which may appear to you necessary to be made in it. The outrages which were committed at the same port in 1804, by the same vessels, under other commanders, as is presumed, in both cases, are not noticed in it. It has seemed probable to me that if I connected the two cases, the pressure in regard to the last one might be weakened: that it is better to single that out for immediate example, and touch the other in conference, or by a special explanatory note, if necessary, hereafter. I am not decided in this opinion, and only suggest it for your consideration; we will confer on it to-day when we meet.

66 I gave notice to the keepers of the Parks on Sunday last of your office and privilege in that respect."

note on the subject of the outrages committed off the harbour of New-York by Captain Whitby, commanding a squadron of British vessels.


"DEAR SIR,-1 send you enclosed a copy of the B. project on Impressment.*

"It has just occurred to me that we have not answered the letter respecting Sir H. Hoskyns' memorial lately sent to us; and as it may save you trouble, I have written (but in great haste, and with a very imperfect recollection of the memorial which you have ;) a letter in reply, which I beg you either to adopt, amend, or reject entirely, for any other, that upon looking at the papers may appear to suit the case."

From the same to the same.

"Thursday, Nov. 5, 1806.

"MY DEAR SIR,-I send herewith enclosed the hasty sketch of an article on the subject of Compensation. I send also the amendments which it is presumable the project of the British Commissioners will require.

"I do not send an article on the subject of an open trade with the West Indies, because they are not likely to agree to such a trade; but you will find the exception as to that trade, which I suppose the 9th article must be subjected to.

"I have suggested a provision in the 12th article as to Contraband on return or resumed voyages; but I have some recollection that you have prepared one which I entirely approved. The amendments I propose to the other articles you will see upon examining the paper itself."

From the same to the same.

"GREAT CUMBERLAND PLACE, Nov. 4, 1806. "DEAR SIR, I regret very much that Sir John Nicholl has

* See Waite's State Papers, vol. VI. p. 324.

The 9th article of the Treaty as finally agreed on. Waite's State Papers, p. 357-358.

been applied to for such a paper as Lord Auckland enclosed to you.* Shallow as it is, I think it increases the necessity to be very firm and positive on our side on the point to which it relates. There must be some end of this question.

"I am extremely sorry that I happen to be engaged tomorrow evening, so as to make it impossible for me to be of your party at dinner. I shall take care to be at home when you call to-morrow. I perceive that half-past one is the time when we are expected."


"DEAR SIR, I have the pleasure to send you a note from the British Commissioners in the sense suggested by them in their last interview. It appears to be drawn with great attention to the object, and to be as free from objection as any paper they can draw, which does not answer our purpose. If you think so, nothing need, as I presume, be said to them respecting it.

"I am engaged in the letter to the Secretary of State, which I hope to finish, on the plan it is commenced, to-day. Yours, sincerely,

Nov. 9, 1806.

J. M.

"I send you a note from General Lyman, which shows that the omission to send you an invitation to the Lord Mayor's feast was owing to the cause I had supposed. I shall be forced to decline going, on account of the early departure of the vessel by which we shall send our despatch, which,, however, will not sail till Tuesday."

* A report from. Sir John Nicholl, King's Advocate General, justifying the British practice of impressing seamen on board of neutral vessels upon the high seas, on the ground that the King has a right to require the service of all his sea-faring subjects, and to seize them by force, wherever found, unless within the territorial limits of another power

+ Upon the subject of Impressment Waite's State Papers, vol. VI. p. 339. Waite's State Papers, vol. XI. p. 320.


"DEAR SIR,-The note of the B. Commissioners is as satisfactory as it could be made. I think it does not require any


"If you do not go to the Guildhall dinner, I shall of course make an apology. I really do not wish to go."


"DEAR SIR,-I have just received the enclosed from Lord Holland, which I regret was not directed to us both. I should express that sentiment to him, but that it might induce him to suppose there was some etiquette between us. Though an informal paper, it is a very interesting one on a public subject.*

"On the first point, the answer seems to be, that we shall of course claim the same jurisdiction of other powers that is agreed on with G. Britain, or be answerable to her for a departure from in her favour. To the other, no answer is now expected. To me, however, it appears best that I should reply that we will consult together on both, and as it is his intention that we should meet on Friday or Saturday, that we will be prepared to communicate to him then freely our sentiments on both points. I will, however, do whatever you think best, and am very sincerely


November 14, 1806."


"DEAR SIR,-I think the course will be as you suggest that you should write such an answer to Lord Holland as you


This note of Lord Holland to Mr Monroe, related to jurisdiction on our coasts. He asked whether we could support it to the same extent against France It also related to the duties on British manufactures, and inquired whether we would give a preference to those of Great Britain in return for other commercial advantages.


"DEAR SIR,-I have this moment received the enclosed informal note from Lord Holland, which is quite vague and indeterminate on our business. It is very discouraging, after what has passed, to find ourselves in this situation. I am really quite prepared to give a new character at an early period to the negociation. However, on this point, we will confer before the next meeting, and it is to be hoped that the decisive conduct of those persons in it, will make an appeal to any other than the motives which have hitherto prevailed in the negociation unnecessary.

"PORTLAND PLACE, Monday evening, 17th Nov."


"MY DEAR SIR,-To-morrow is, I think, the day appointed for meeting the B. Commissioners. I will call for you in my carriage before eleven. The article in the Courier of to-night, is a very curious one on the subject of our nogociation.

"Yours ever and truly,

"Friday night, 5th Dec. 1806.



"PORTLAND PLACE, February 11th, 1807. "MY DEAR SIR,-I have the pleasure to enclose you a letter which I have just received from Lords Holland and Auckland, announcing their authority from their government to pursue the objects which remain to be settled between the two countries.* They propose a meeting on Saturday or Tuesday next, as may best suit us. If you have no objection, I should prefer the earliest day. Will you be so good as to give an answer to that effect?

The subjects of Boundary, and Navigation of the Mississippi, Indian trade, compensation for spoliation, which had not been included in the treaty signed on the 1st December, 1806.

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