James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Benjamin W. Crowninshield, 23 June 1816

Washington 23d. July 1816

Dear Sir,

The within dispatches were recd from the Medn. yesterday by the John Adams, and as Mr. Monroe is to be absent until Tuesday , I have taken the liberty to enclose his also.

The Dey seems disposed to quarrel, but with the force there & to be there, I think he would be prevented from doing us any mischief.

The part the Spaniards have pursued as relates to the Brig, is very reprehensible.

A fast sailing Brig is going to sail with provisions from N York for the squadron, so that any disposition that is to grow out of these dispatches can quickly be put in a train for execution.

The letter from the Dey to yourself I have not seen. Please to send the Secy. of States letters back, as I feel a delicacy in sending them. With great respect I am truly yours

B W Crowninshield

The dispatches to the Secretary of State have been sent for by Mr. Graham, and I have taken them out of this parcel since Mr. Crowninshield left me. Most respectfully,

Benjamin Homans

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