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To James Madison from Robert Montgomery, 31 March 1804 (Abstract)

§ From Robert Montgomery

31 March 1804, Alicante. Last wrote on 9 Jan. to advise that he could send money to Tripoli on the best terms for the U.S. “If this measure should be found necessary I hope to be honored with your orders for doing so. Herewith I forward a Packet from Colonel Lear at Algiers1 it was delivered me by Capn. Smith of the Vixen Schooner on the 20th Current this is the first opportunity I have had to forward it.” Will not repeat to JM Decatur’s “brilliant action” in burning the Philadelphia “with in Pistol shot of the Batteries of Tripoli on the night of the 16 Feby.” “I make no doubt it is fully explained thro other Channels.” Encloses a copy of the marine list for the past six months [not found]. Adds in a postscript: “No news from Barbary since my last.”

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