James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Gavino, 18 July 1801

From John Gavino, 18 July 1801

⟨No.⟩ 67

Gibraltar 18h. July 1801


Deprived of any of your honord favours since my last Dispatch No. 66 which is still detaind ⟨for⟩ want of Conveyance, and goes with this.

I have not heard from Commodor Dale since his Departure on the 13. Inst: I received a few lines from Consul Eaton of Tunis in ansr. to mine of 17h. May last Inclosing one for Capn. Laughton of the ship Grand Turk accompanying the Bey of Tunis Passport for his Proceeding to said Port without being molested by the Tripolins.

Yesterday the State frigate Philadelphia was off this Port I sent off an advice Boat with a dispatch informing Capn: Baron that the Tripoly Cruisers were still here and Seems afraid of going out. Capn. Baron had been the day before at Tangier for Refreshments.

I made application to Rear adl: Sir Jas. Saumerez regarding the Sailing of our Merchant Vessels, & the Tripoly Cruisers in Port, who has promised on being appraised of the time of Sailing of the former will detain the latter 24 hours.

On the 12h. Inst: Saild from Alguesiras Bay the 3 french Ships of the Line under Jury Masts with the frigate, Escorted by five Sph: & one french Line of Battle Ship, also 3 frigates (two of the Spaniards of 112 Guns,) that came round from Cadiz to take them to said Port. Five Sail of the Brith: Ships of the Line of 74 Guns 4 of wch: that had been in the late action with a frigate & a Portuguese of 44 Guns went into the Gutt & has soon the Combind fleet got round Cabrito Point the Engh. bore down upon them. About 11 oClock at Night a very Warm Action Commenced which lasted till about one when the two Sph. ships of 112 Guns & 2400 in all blew up, & only abut 40 Men were saved; the Ex Spanish Ship St: Antonio of 74 Guns now officerd & Mannd mostly w: french useing said flag was takn & brought in. All the Engh. Ships could not come to action as had but little Wind; two of them went on & are Cruising off Cadiz, where the others will also go first Wind as have very little damage. I have the honor to be Sir Your most obedt. & most hl. St.

John Gavino

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