Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from David Humphreys, 8 October 1793

From David Humphreys

Gibralter Octr. 8th. 1793.


I have already forwarded for you five copies of Dispatches, to inform you, that a Truce for twelve Months was concluded between Portugal and Algiers; and that a fleet of Algerine Cruizers had gone through the Streights into the Atlantic, on Saturday night last. They were reported to me by an officer of a Portuguese frigate who spoke with them, to consist of eight sail; I believe, however, there were but three frigates, two Xebecks and a brig. This morning another Algerine frigate was in this harbour, and has gone through the Streights to the westward.

To multiply the chances of getting early information to you, I am sending off to order neutral vessels to be chartered at Cadiz and Lisbon to carry my Dispatches to you, if they cannot otherwise be transmitted by the most expeditious and certain conveyances: and those vessels will be ordered to put into the first Port in the U.S. they can reach. With Sentiments of great esteem, I have the honour to be Sir Your most obedient & Most humble Servant

D. Humphreys

RC (DNA: RG 59, DD); at head of text: “(No. 89.)”; at foot of text: “The Secretary of State &c. &c. &c.”; with penciled notation by TJ beneath signature: “to be copd & press copd twice for Congress”; endorsed by TJ as received 11 Dec. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Tr (DNA: RG 46, Senate Records, 3d Cong., 1st sess.). Tr (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DD). Enclosed in Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., to TJ, 11 Dec. 1793, and addendum to Report on Morocco and Algiers, 14 Dec. 1793.

TJ submitted this letter to the President on 11 Dec. 1793 (Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 266). It is the last letter from Humphreys that TJ received as Secretary of State. See Appendix i.

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