James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Gavino, 9 August 1801 (Abstract)

§ From John Gavino

9 August 1801, Gibraltar. No. 70. Encloses a copy of his letter to Captain Barron sent “per Boats hird on purpose to go in quest of him to East and West.” Has just learned Barron was off Málaga two days earlier. The two Ragusan vessels with Tripolitan crews are being convoyed to Tetuán by a British vessel. Tripolitan admiral, officers, and a few seamen—totaling eighty—remain in vessels at Gibraltar. Recommends frigates be stationed to both east and west of port for effective blockade because of winds and currents. Has a 22 July letter and enclosure from O’Brien and forwards the latter.1 In postscript reports that none of the boats seeking Barron has yet returned.

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