George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Simpson, 13 April 1791

From James Simpson

Gibraltar 13th April 1791.


I had the honor of addressing Your Excellency 21st September last year by the American Brig Ann—John Martin Master bound for Philadelphia, accompanying a dispatch from Francis Chiappe Esqr.1

By this opportunity of the English Ship Roman Eagle—Samuel Glover Master for New York, I now send another packet for Your Excelly received a few days ago from Mr Chiappe.2 I have the honor to be with great respect Your Excellencys Most Obedient and Most Humble Servant

James Simpson

ALS, DNA: RG 59, Despatches from Consular Officers: Gibraltar. A duplicate of the letter sent by Simpson, minus the first paragraph, is also in the dispatches from Gibraltar.

1For James Simpson’s letter of 21 Sept. 1790 and the dispatch from Francisco (Francesco) Chiappe it covered, see Simpson to GW, 25 Aug. 1790, n.3.

2The enclosed letter from Chiappe to GW, dated Rabat, Morocco, 22 Mar. 1791 (DNA:PCC, item 98), covered a duplicate of his dispatch to John Jay of 3 Dec. 1790 and described the diplomatic corps at the Moroccan court. When Chiappe on 8 Nov. sent GW a duplicate of his dispatch of 22 Mar., he also enclosed two lists of the gifts that the Danish and Swedish ambassadors had presented as tribute to the emperor of Morocco. Tobias Lear transmitted Simpson’s letter with its enclosures to the secretary of state, with the president’s request that he take Chiappe’s letter under consideration (Lear to Thomas Jefferson, 9 July 1791, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters).

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