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To James Madison from John Gavino, 13 August 1803 (Abstract)

§ From John Gavino

13 August 1803, Gibraltar. No. 127. Has received no letters from JM since he sent his last dispatches, nos. 125 and 126. Encloses a duplicate of a letter from Simpson already sent.1 “The Emperour of Morroccos ship of 30 Guns & 150 Men is at Sea and one of 20 almost ready.” On 9 Aug. two of the emperor’s “Row Boats” put into Gibraltar “by Contary Winds.” They are “bound from Tetuan to Tanger to compleate their armament each of them carries 2 small Guns and 40 Men … what he intends by this armament is not known, he is not well pleased with the Dutch; and I would think it would not be amiss that one of our frigates was stationd here on the look out.” Adds in a postscript: “The two Morrish Row Boats … are Cruising for Imperial & Genoese Vessels.” Encloses a copy of a letter just received from O’Brien, dated 2 Aug.,2 “mentioning two Tripolean Row Boats being there intended to Cruise on the Coast of Spain.”

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