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To James Madison from Sylvanus Bourne, 10 February 1806

Sir Amsterdam February 10 1806

The inclosed Gazette contains the interesting Contract between Russia & England which formed the base of the late Campaign & declares the principles on which it was undertaken. It is already known to you what the issue therof has been, & that the State of Europe is now much farther off than before from that equilibrium which the contract in question was intended to produce. Nothwithstanding this-- many persons indulge the belief that the late decease of Mr Pitt will have a tendency to produce a peace between Great Britain & France. It is possible that a temporary arrangment like that of Amiens may be agreed on under the new Administration-- but the actual position of Europe cannot be said to present the elements or materials of a peace which would promise stability or Duration. I am Sir very respectfully Yr. ob. Sert.

S Bourne

DNA: RG 59--CD--Consular Despatches, Amsterdam.

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