James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George Davis, 3 June 1807

(No. 5.) (Duplicate)

Tripoli 3. June 1807.


In consequence of serious disputes which have existed for some time between the English Consul W. W. Langford, Esqr. and the Bashaw of Tripoli, the former left this Regency on the 13th. ultimo, on board the U. S. Brig Hornet; and at their mutual request I have taken charge of the English affairs.

I have the honor to enclose you a copy of a letter which I addressed to Sir Alexander Ball. Since which date the British frigate Niger has been at this place, dispatched by Lord Collingwood to visit the different Barbary regencies and learn what effect the war between the Grand Signor and Great Britain might produce.

The Bashaw is most desirous of remaining at peace, particularly with Great Britain, and has given written assurances that he would

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Letters under date of the 31. ultimo from Malta inform me that the Russians have declared all the Barbary regencies in a state of blockade. I am, however, satisfied, this will be speedily arranged thro’ the mediation of the British Government.

I very much regret that Captain Dent is not permitted to take the family of Ahmet to Syracuse. There are invincible objections to their going in a merchant vessel, and their detention he⟨re⟩ I am very apprehensive will produce some difficul⟨ties⟩ hereafter. I have again received the most unequivocal assurances, that the family shall be properly provided for by this Government, as long as the brother remains quiet. He has

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in Tripoli and

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in the more di⟨s⟩tant provinces. They seem to be equally

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each other.

I have the honor to enclose you copie⟨s⟩ of Hamet Bashaw & Commodore Campbell’s le⟨t⟩ters to me together with my answer.

Capt. Dent visited the Bashaw this morning and in another apartment all the family of Sidi Ahmet. They appeared much agitat⟨ed⟩ and very timid in speaking, tho’ satisfaction at ⟨the⟩ prospect of joining their father was very visible. With great respect & consideration I have the honor to be Sir, Your Mo: Obt. Servt.

George Davis

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

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