James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Gavino, 23 May 1808

No. 58

Gibraltar 23d. May 1808


Still deprived the honour of any of your Commands, I beg leave to referr to my last Respects No: 57 dated 14t: Inst: accompanying one from Consul Lear of Algeir since when have no further accounts. Of the Bills which I then mentiond to have received from said Gentleman, on you, I have Endorsed & passd two one for $4000 to Mordacai & Saml: N Lewis, & that for $3000 to John S. Larned.

I have this day drawn on you towards the Bills sent you some time since, $5000 a 20% to the order of Genl: John Shee, which please honour & pass to my Debit with your Honl: Department

I advised some time ago the Schooner Hannah, Stephen Thurlow Master, belonging to Newbury Port having been Condemnd for a breach of Blocade. She was since sold at Publick Auction and bought by John Candler. She has since gone for the U. S. under English Collours. A Person of the Name of John Winter of this Place appeard the Owner to get the Clearances & sent [  ] Coombe an Englishman as Master in her. Candler, Thurlow &c: went as Passengers. A few days before their Sailing the latter askd of me a Certificate of her being the Property of Citizens of the U. S. which I refused oweing to the above Circumstances.

Fresh disturbances took place at Mad⟨rid⟩ The New King abdicated, & the old one, Reinstated by the Empr: of the French Much blood was shed, the Spaniards insisting on the French quitting Spain It seems all the Royal family was carried off to France, & the Empr: Napoleon has appointed the Grand Du⟨ke⟩ of Berg Regent of Spain. The Briti⟨sh⟩ Expedition that left this of about 300⟨0 ⟩ Men are off Cadiz with the Brith: fleet

Three American Vessels from the Coas⟨t⟩ of Spain for Lond: with Barrilla & Wine ar⟨e⟩ under adjudication for Salvage, as ha⟨ving⟩ been detaind at Sea by french & Spanis⟨h⟩ Privateers & retaken by the English. I have the honour to be with Respect

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

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