n Philadelphia, and after her departure Mr. Meade removed to Madrid, where he continued his exertions for the payment of the moneys due him.
In the meantime the treaty of 1819 between the United States and Spain, known as the Treaty of Florida, having been ratified by both governments, all just claims of American citizens then existing against Spain were, by the terms of that treaty, assumed by the United States in exchange for the cession of Florida by Spain.
Thus released, Mr. Meade, in 1820, took his departure and joined his family in Philadelphia.
But, after a few years' residence in that city, they removed to Washington, so that Mr. Meade, being at the seat of government, could there more advantageously prosecute his claim under the Treaty of Florida, for this claim, through legal technicalities and other impediments, still remained unsettled.
The family now consisted of ten children—seven daughters and three sons—two having been born since the return to the United States.