James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Gavino, 31 October 1801

From John Gavino, 31 October 1801

No. 75

Gibraltar 31st: October 1801


My last Dispatch was No. 74 to which please be referrd.

I have now to inform you that on the 19h: Inst. the American Ship Ann Commanded by Andw: Woodbury from Altea for Altona was working round the Rock & obliged to go close to the Spanish Battery or Fort Tonara to the Eastward of this Place (with her Collours flying) between 11 & 12 oClock in the Morning, when said Fort fired a Shott at her which fell close on board. The Master orderd the Vessel to be hove to, & Boat put out to go on shore, but before they could accomplish it, a second shott was fired which struck the Cabouse and Killd one of the Crew. This Occasiond the Master to make the best of his way from the Fort, altho about 11 Shott was fird at the Vessel.

On the 27h: Inst: the American Brig Commerce David Bowen Commande⟨r⟩ from Mesina for Charleston S. C. was working into this Bay but got to the bottom of it near a Spanish Fort (with her Collours flying) who fired at her. The first shott fell within Ten yards of the Vessel. The 2d: Struck the Ruther. Several other shot⟨t⟩ were also fired at her; of which Commodor Dale was an Eye Witness. Yet I statted both Cases to him and Colll. Humphrys our Minister at th⟨e⟩ Court of Madrid.

Commodor Dale will go up the Mediterranean first fair Wind. The Philadelphia carrys the Trade up, and Essex remains to watch the two Tripoly Cruisers her⟨e.⟩ I have the honor to be, Sir Your most obedt. and most hl: servt.

John Gavino

The blessings of Peace being restord, its to be hoped will put an end to Disagreeable events.

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