James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Montgomery, 15 December 1807

Alicante, 15th: Decr. 1807.


I had the honor of addressing you under the ⟨   ⟩nd 10 Current advising what I had learned till that time regarding ⟨the⟩ hostilities we are threatned ⟨w⟩ith by the Regency of Algiers; I have ⟨si⟩nce received thro’ the Consular offices the letter herewith from Mr. Cox at Tunis, in which Mr. Lear says the Dey had given him ⟨ti⟩m e for payment of our annuities till the return of the Packet ⟨fr⟩om Alicante. In his letter to me of the 11th. Septr. (the last I ⟨h⟩ad from him) he desires to Know if I would Accept his bills ⟨fo⟩r about Thirty five Thousand dollars in order to make good our ⟨pa⟩yments in cash as our Vessels of War might be prevented ⟨c⟩oming into the Medeterranean for some time; The Algerine ⟨Pa⟩cket has been detained here Since the above date till the 6th: Cur⟨rent w⟩hen I wrote Mr Lear that I Should ⟨w⟩ith pleasure honor ⟨his⟩ bills on my house for the above or Any other Sum necessary ⟨to⟩ Comply with the engagements of Government to the Dey. The Packet must have had a passage of 30 hours, and I trust by these measures every thing will be favour⟨ably⟩ arranged. However to secure our Knowledge of a busin⟨ess⟩ So important I have by Authority of Mr Erving hired a boat for Algiers which Sails today and is to return immed⟨iately⟩ When I shall Without losing a moment advise you the res⟨ults.⟩ I am truly Sir Your Obedient huml: Servant

Robt. Montgomery

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

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