James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Gavino, 21 September 1801

From John Gavino, 21 September 1801

NO: 72

Gibraltar 21st: Sepr: 1801


I referr to my dispatch at large No: 71 per this Conveyance still detaind by Contrary wind. I have to inform you that on the 19: Inst. arrived the frigate Geo: Washington Capn: Shaw, also the Transport Peace & Plenty for Algeir & Tunis They are now going out, also with them our Merchant Vessels that were bound up along. No account of Capn: Barron, or the rest of the Squadron. They must soon appear for Provisions but the Victualer is not arrived, and I am very apprehensive of her geting safe from the Number of Spanish Privateers who pretend to Blocade this Port; the Peace & Plenty was fird at by them off Tarifa and had not the Washington been with her she must have been taken.

The Schooner Charlott was Condemd as well as the Cargo the 19: Inst: by this Vice Ady: Court. No Decree out as yet regarding the Appollo.

On saturday last arrived a Greek Vessel express from Tripoly with letter⟨s⟩ from that Bey to his admiral. They were opend by the agent & Capn: of the Brig, but nothing transpires regarding the Contents as yet, nor has any ⟨Stirr⟩ taken place on board their Vessels. There was a Christian Passenger on board said Vessel, who they say is a Messenger from the Bey to the Governor of Tetuan, wch: gives me great cause to think his mission is regarding those Cruisers, who ought now that winter is setting in be closely watched. I have the honor to be. Sir Your most obedt: & most hl: Servt:

John Gavino

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