George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Timothy Pickering, 30 July 1796

Department of State July 30. 1796.


With very sincere pleasure I announce to you the ratification of the treaty with Spain. I received the ratified copy this day by the mail from New-York, with a certificate signed by the Prince of Peace and Mr Rutledge of the exchange of the ratifications, as on the 25th of April. I do not know why the certificate and the ratification on the part of Spain bear that date, for the treaty ratified by the Executive of the U. States did not get to Mr Rutledge’s hands until the third of May; unless it was to bring the transaction within the six months allowed by the treaty for the exchange of the ratifications: the treaty having been signed on the 27th of October.

A letter, also recd to-day, from Mr Simpson, our Consul at Gibraltar, dated the 18th of June, mentions that he had been alongside a Swedish brig from Algiers, which she left on the 7th and tells the unwelcome news that the plague had broken out in that city; 15 to 20 dying in a day, agreeably to the bill of health from Consul Skjoldebrand: but the master of the brig assured Mr Simpson that no American or other captive had then fallen a victim to it. The Swedish Captain said also that Mr Donaldson had not returned from Leghorn when he left Algiers—June 7th. I am most respectfully sir, yr obt servt

Timothy Pickering

DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.

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