James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Simpson, 16 July 1802

From James Simpson, 16 July 1802

No. 45.

Gibraltar 16th. July 1802.


I have the honour of transmitting with this Duplicate of No. 44, also copy of the Letter I wrote the Governor of Tangier, in answer to that I mentioned to have received from him. On same sheet is extract of a Letter from the Danish Consul at Tangier to me, containing substance of what the Governour encharged him to communicate by way of reply to my Letter to him; all which I beg leave to submit to your perusal.

In constant hope of seeing the Adams, upon mature consideration, I thought as I had been expelled the Country, & the alarm given of danger to the American Flag, it was best wait her arrival, & receipt of the Instructions I fully depend on receiving by that Ship, before I closed with the Governours proposal of returning to Tangier or entirely reject it; by this I was guided in the answer I gave to his Letter & it is satisfactory to see the determination meets his entire approbation: Unhappily the Adams has not yet reached this Port.

My Friend at Rhabat writes me under 25th. July that the equipment of the two Frigates there, goes on but slowly; but at Tetuan I find they make all dispatch with the two Galleys & that this day week Guns, Anchor⟨s⟩ and Cables were sent from Tangier by a Moors Boat for them. These advices I regularly communicate to Commodore Morris as they reach me, and I shall continue to strive at obtaining every possible informat⟨ion⟩ on same subject for his intelligence. I have the honour to be Sir Your Most Obedient and Most Humble Servant

James Simpson

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