James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Eaton, 12 December 1801

From William Eaton, 12 December 1801

Tunis 12. Dec. 1801


I have the honor to inform you that the Peace and Plenty, Captain Richard Woods, under the convoy of the Geo. Washington, arrived here on the evening of the first instant. She has already delivered her powder (which though somewhat damaged has passed with a bribe to the surveyor) and a small quantity of her plank. The rest of her cargo, so far as I have been able to examine it, appears in good order, and will be delivered, it is hoped, within her lay days. I have not the smallest doubt but that it will be well accepted as I am in perfect habits of friendship with the Governor of Porto farine who is to receive it; and as Captain Woods desires to profit of the return of the frigate, which takes her departure tomorrow, to communicate such information to his owners as may enable them to obtain the residue of the freight I take the liberty to offer my opinion that there will be no risque on the part of the United States in paying that balance on the receipt of this information. I have the honor to be, Sir, with perfect respect your Mo. Obed. Servt.

William Eaton

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