James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Gavino, 23 December 1802

From John Gavino, 23 December 1802

No. 108

Gibraltar 23d. December 1802


Without the honor of any of yours since my last dispatch No. 107 under 18. Inst. I have since then received a Letter from Capn. Barron dated Mahon 7th. Inst. Copy of which I sent the Honl. Secy. of the Navy and requested his laying same before you; by a Vessel since arrived I find he was still there the 14th. and had got his foremast in.

The Master of an Engh. Vessel from Genoa, who arrived three days ago, tells me he was to have brought down a Passenger, but the Vessel sailing in a hurry left him on shore, he tells me said Passenger had an open Letter from Consul Wollaston (which he shewd him) & was to give the perusal thereof to all Commanders of American Vessels he met and then deliver it me on arrival here. It was giving notice of Eleven sail of Tripolin cruisers being out discribing at same time the Vessels and force ⟨and⟩ that the admiral (the Scotch Renegado) and his Crew wore round Hatts and Blue Jacketts as a Decoy. He did not recollect the Discriptions of the Vessels or forces, further than the largest mounted about 14 Gunns. I have the honor to be wth. respect Sir Your most obedt. and most he. Sert.

John Gavino

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