James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Gavino, 22 October 1808

No: 62.

Gibraltar 22d: Octo: 1808


I had the honour of adressing you the 29. Ulto. No. 61 & since then I forwarded you the Chronicles P Cap. Farley of Boston which hope get safe to hand, & you have now two others. The two Algereen frigates continue Cruising in those Seas & to the Westward, have Captured Several Portuguese Boats. Comd. Scarniche in a Portuguese 74 & two frigates with a Brig has left Lisbon in quest of them. A Boat Claimed by the Moores from the Spaniards was given up wt. leave to Arm at Tariffa, which they did, & has since appeard at Tanger under french Collours, & at the moment was detaind, at the request of the Spanish Consul, & we are Anxiouse to learn the mistery of this Business. She has a four Pounder & 18 frenchmen.

Consul Lear of Algeir advises me under date of the 5: August the arrival of Ship Leonidas Cap. McKenzie from New York with Sto⟨res⟩ for Government, wh: arrived at a very satisfactory Period the Regency being in much want of the Article⟨s⟩ & adds that we stand well. He has drawn on me for $7000, Govt: account I suppose to pay said Ships freigh⟨t⟩ as went for Alicante to load Brandys, & has sent me to provide therefor his dfts P

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£1500 Stg on Messrs: Baring Brothers & Co: of Londo⟨n⟩ which no doubt will prove good, & I have honourd Consul Lears.

The Sicilian frigate & Neopolita⟨n⟩ Prince still here. I have the honour to be with respect, Sir Your most Obed & huml: Servt.

John Gavino

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

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