George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Timothy Pickering, 5 October 1796

Department of State. Octr 5. 1796.


I have been honoured with your letter of the 28th ulto. A subsequent letter from Mr Monroe covered the copy of one from Dela Croix, the minister of the French Republic for foreign affairs, in which he still manifests some dissatisfaction: but this was so contrary to the information given by a member of the Directory to Mr Monroe, that the latter says he supposes the act to be that of the minister alone, and not of the Directory. De la Croix letter had respect only to the British treaty, in consequence of the Congress having decided to make provision to carry it into effect.

Yesterday I received a letter dated the 29th of July at Bourdeaux from Mr Fenwick, inclosing the copy of a letter from Mr Donaldson, by which it seems an American Vessel has been captured by the Tunissians, even before the expiration of the truce he had formed with the Dey. A copy of Mr Donaldson’s letter is inclosed. But by the same communication you will be happy to learn that our prisoners in Algiers had been released, and were arrived near the port of Marseilles. An extract of Mr Cathalan’s letter containing this information is also inclosed. I have the honor to be with the highest respect Sir, your most obt servant

T. Pickering

DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.


Leghorn July 2nd 1796


This moment I am informed by letter from Tunis that the american Schooner Eliza Saml Graves, has been sent in there by one of their privateers contrary to an arrangement made by me in november last, and will not expire until the 8th instant.

You will do well to caution my Countrymen against the Cruizers of Tunis & Tripoli.

(signed) Joseph Donaldson


dated marseilles 20 July 1796

Extract of a letter from S. Cathalan Jr to Joseph Fenwick Consul at Bordeaux

"Just now a fisherman is sent to me by the Danish Captain of a Ship entering into Pomeque (the Island in this Road where Ships from Levant or Barbary are to perform quarantine) from Algiers, with all the americans who were there in slavery."

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