Research Subjects: Government & Politics



The Acts, Orders in Council, &c. of Great Britain [on Trade], 1793 - 1812

Mr. Merry to Mr. Madison.

Washington, April 12, 1804.


I have the honor to acquaint you that I have just received a letter from Rear Admiral Sir John Duckworth, commander-in-chief of His Majesty's squadron at Jamaica, dated the 2nd of last month, in which he desires me to communicate to the Government of the United States that he has found it expedient for His Majesty's service to convert the siege, which he lately attempted, of Curaçao, into a blockade of that island.

I cannot doubt, sir, that this blockade will be conducted conformably to the instructions which, as I have had the honor to acquaint you in another letter of this date, have been recently sent on this subject to the commander-in-chief of His Majesty's forces, and to the judges of the Vice-admiralty courts, in the West Indies, should the smallness of the island of Curaçoa still render necessary any distinction of the investment being confined to particular ports.

I have the honor to be, &c.



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