To Thomas McKean
Department of State May 11. 1802
The Minister of his Catholic Majesty, has complained to this Department of an indignity offered to his sovereign during a late riot in Philadelphia, in which besides certain violences committed on a number of Spanish sailors, the flag of a Spanish ship was torn down and destroyed with the most aggravating insults. A copy of his representation on the subject, is herewith enclosed.1 As the transaction is within the cognizance of the State authority, I have to request that you will cause the proper proceedings to be instituted for investigating its merits, and for doing what may be right in the case. I have the honor to be &ca.