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To James Madison from William Willis, 20 October 1802 (Abstract)

§ From William Willis

20 October 1802, Barcelona. Encloses another blank counterfeit register and Mediterranean pass no. 2 [not found]. Is unable to find out anything more respecting “the Plate of the Register Seals &c.” “My Vice Consul Mr. Stirling having disobey’d my orders in this investigation I shall dismiss him tomorrow.” Had Stirling acted as ordered, the other plate “if in this Place would probably have been found.” Has not yet been able to learn anything of Lewis but suspects the vice-consul has furnished him with the means of escape. “I shall in a few days Write you the result of Bakers interogations.” Baker has heretofore remained obstinate and would not answer any questions. U.S. schooner Enterprize is expected “Every hour,” bound through the straits with a convoy. “The King Sets off tomorrow for Tigueres [Figueras] and will Return here in two days. I shall in a post or two Write you something more Particular.”

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