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Notes on a Cabinet Meeting, 26 May 1804

Notes on a Cabinet Meeting

1804. May. 26. Present the Secretaries and Atty Genl. What terms of peace with Tripoli shall be agreed to? if successful, insist on their deliverg. up men without ransom, and reestablishing old treaty without paying any thing. if unsuccessful, rather than have to continue the war, agree to give 500. D. a man, (having first deducted for the prisoners we have taken) and the sum in gross & tribute before agreed on.

Shall any thing be furnished to the Ex-bashaw to engage cooperation? Unanimously 20000. D.

Whether we shall prohibit our mercht. vessels from arming to force a trade in St. Domingo, as requested by Pichon? unanimously not.

MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 131:22677); entirely in TJ’s hand; follows, on verso, Notes on a Cabinet Meeting of 18 Feb.

sum in gross & tribute before agreed on: after TJ and his cabinet discussed the subject of buying peace with Tripoli during their 8 Apr. 1803 meeting, they instructed James L. Cathcart to offer Yusuf Qaramanli an immediate payment of $20,000 and “8 or ten thousand dollars a year” thereafter (Vol. 40:152-3).

ex-bashaw: Ahmad Qaramanli.

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