James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Jarvis, 4 March 1808

4 March, 1808.


Two or three gun boats & some ⟨r⟩ow boats attempted to enter the Tagus the last night covered by ⟨a⟩ frigate & Sloop of War, but being discovered they were fo⟨   ⟩ed by the Bougie, a Small Castle, on a spit of Sand, at the mouth of the harbour. To take off the attention of the Castle from the boats & to Secure their retreat, the Sloop of War ⟨   ⟩ed on the Castle, but in go⟨in⟩g about got aground & shortly ⟨a⟩fter got off. The boats got ⟨cl⟩ear, with little or no injury to the ⟨Ca⟩stle & it is supposed no great ⟨harm to⟩ them or the Ships. Respectfully

Wm Jarvis

DNA: RG 59--CD--Consular Despatches, Lisbon.

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