§ From William Jarvis
7 December 1804, Lisbon. “Dispatches have been sent by the Spanish Government to all their Colonies announcing the probability of Hostilities between Spain & Gt. Britain & ordering every measure necessary for their defence. This information Government may rely on; altho: I cannot commit to paper the quarter from whence I had it & the same person is of opinion that the War is unavoidable. Four days ago I recd. an answer from Mr de Araujo relative to the impressed Man,1 promising to use his endeavours to obtain satisfaction: by the next conveyance will send a Copy & translation.”
RC (DNA: RG 59, CD, Lisbon, vol. 2). 1 p.; docketed by Wagner as received with Jarvis’s 6 Dec. dispatch on 22 Feb.