James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Gavino, 26 November 1806

No: 34

Gibraltar 26th: Novr: 1806


Not being honourd with any of your Commands I beg leave to be referrd to my last adresses No: 33 under date 15th: Ins: I then mentiond what occurred with the Tunis Ambassador, & the Reports of the War⟨s⟩ between his Country & Algeirs, which induced him to request of Capn: Candler to wait the arrival of the Constitution to request a Convoy of Capn: Campbell. I wrote him on the subject to Cadiz & Lisbon, on the 22d: Ins: he had not appeard at the former Place tho he wrote me from Lisbon the 7th: Ins: that would be at Cadiz the 20: however as the Wind is now fair I hope every moment to see him appear, as the Ambassdr: begins to be very uneasy.--

In my above mentiond dispatch I mentiond to have honerd Coll. Lears Bill on me for $4000 for Publick servi⟨ce⟩ which is paid, but the other for $1600 has not appeard, or the sett of Bill⟨s⟩ on Sir Francis Baring &Co. of London to my order for £1500 to Cover same with Letters of advice. The long delay in thei⟨r⟩ coming to hand in those Critical time⟨s⟩ gives me some uneasiness, so that a few days ago, I wrote Messrs: Baring that should said Bills & letters of advice be presented to stop same unless endorsed by to Messrs: James Campbell &Co: of that Citty. This I deem⟨ed⟩ a necessary precaution, as the Vesse⟨l⟩ that brought the Bill ⟨of⟩ $4000, might hav⟨e⟩ brought the Bills & letter of advice on London.

Four days ago a Russian Squadron of 5 sail the Line 3 frigates & 2 Brig⟨s⟩ past the Gutt from west to East. I have the honour to be with respect, Sir Your most Obedt. & most huml: Servt.

John Gavino

By what I find of the Tunis Embassr., upon the whole he does not seem to be much satisfied with the issue of his Embassy

DNA: RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, Gibraltar.

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