From James Soucheiron, 1 April 1803
Barcelona the 1st. April 1803.
Here inclosed I have the honour to hand you a Copy of the Circular last from Mr. OBrien Consul at Algiers, which Seems to be of some importance.
Mr. Willis by his absence has left this place without a Consul, and I am in daily Expectation that the Minister in Madrid is Apprized of the Circumstance, & to whom I wrote Several Letters about it, will at Last Appoint some body to take the Charge of the Consulate Business, for Mr. Willis having Established the Custom of chargin nothing for his Consulate fees without any power from the Govt., the Captains would not readily comply with my charging them, which however is impossible for me, Especially as there is daily Expenses to incur, but of this I am not to talk to you now. Mr. Pinckney is Acquainted with every thing. I hope he will soon empower me to Charge something on Every Vessel. I am with Respectfull Esteem Your most obt. & most humble Servant,
In the absence of Mr. Willis