§ From William Kirkpatrick
22 April 1802, Málaga. Transmits duplicate of his letter of 9 Feb.1 Reports arrival of Enterprize and its departure for Malta. Essex continues to blockade Tripolitan cruiser at Gibraltar. Has received information that Philadelphia had arrived at Leghorn to convoy ships to Marseilles, Barcelona, Alicante, and Málaga. Plague has broken out at Oran, Arzew, and Er Rif; ships arriving from those places are turned away without communication. Good health prevails “in this City, and the Adjacent Country.” Quarantine law continues unchanged “since the regulation mentioned in my last”: those ships with a bill of health signed by the Spanish consul in the originating port are allowed entry; others are “kept in Observation” ten to twenty days.