James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Gavino, 27 February 1809

No. 69

Gibraltar 27th. Feby. 1809


Without the honour of any of your favour sine my last adresses to you No: 68 under date 19t. Ultimo to which please be referrd:

On the 19: Ulto: arrived in this Bay from Cadiz under American Collours the Ship Sidney, Samuel Thompson Master, & Daniel Tilton of ⟨Ph⟩ilada: Super Cargo, loaded with About 240 Hogsheads Tobacco, & reported from Norfolk in Virginia, stating that she was blown off the Coast; after admitted to Pratick, I wrote the Master an official letter Demanding a Sight of his Papers agreeable to the Laws of the U. S: but never got an Answer from him. Since then they have reshipd part of the Cargo for Cadiz, & the rimainder they have still on board.

On the 30: Ulto: arrived the Schooner Vigilent, James Leggett Master & owner, of New York, in Ballast from said Port cleard for Willmington N. C. & Mr. Richard Bailey of New York passenger. The Master pretends also to have been Blown off the Coast, but I have reas⟨on⟩ to believe he had been at some off Island. The Vessel they have sold, bu⟨t⟩ the Master Deliverd me the Registe⟨r⟩ half of which I now inclose you also the Chronicles, with the retu⟨rn⟩ of Arrivals at this Port for the las⟨t⟩ Six Months of 1808.

I am just informed that the Sh⟨ip⟩ Sidney is sold. I hope, the Bond⟨s⟩ will be inforced against these Vessels to prevent others doing the same.

I gave Capn: Legget a Reicip⟨t⟩ for the Register of the Shooner Vigilent, for without it he would ⟨not⟩ give it up. I have the honour to be with due respect, Sir Your most Obed. & most huml: Serv⟨t.⟩

John Gavino

The ship Franklin Jas. Forsyth Master from Martinica Martinique with Sugar for New London, was Detaind by the British ships of Warr Ferret, Diamond & Malpomain, & is now here under adjudication The Tryal will come on the 8. of next Month

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

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