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To James Madison from John Gavino, 9 August 1804 (Abstract)

§ From John Gavino

9 August 1804, Gibraltar. No. 157. “I had the honor of adressing you the 7t: Inst: No: 156, and yesterday arrived the British Ship of Warr Ajancourt of 74 Gunns & a Sloop of Warr with a Convoy for this Place & England by them I received a Packet for you which I had only time to deliver Capn: Lee of the Brig Joseph of Boston as was geting under way, but the Wind coming about is returnd & will be bearer of this which serves to anex you Copy of one just received from Consul Simpson of Tanger dated 7t: Instant.1

“They write me from Malta under 4t: Ulto. that they expected Commodor Prible there every hour. Commodor Barron not yet appeard, nor have I else to add.”

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, CD, Gibraltar, vol. 2). RC 1 p.; docketed by Wagner as received 25 Sept. For enclosure, see n. 1.

1The enclosure is a copy of James Simpson to Gavino, 7 Aug. 1804 (1 p.), reporting that though Alcayde Hashash had answered Simpson’s last letter “in a sulky stile,” Simpson believed Hashash had written the emperor and upon receiving an answer would either give up the idea of a passport (for the wheat ship to Tripoli) or press it by every possible argument.

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