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To James Madison from John Gavino, 27 February 1809

No. 69

Gibraltar 27th. Feby. 1809


Without the honour of any of your favour sine my last adresses to you No: 68 under date 19t. Ultimo to which please be referrd:

On the 19: Ulto: arrived in this Bay from Cadiz under American Collours the Ship Sidney, Samuel Thompson Master, & Daniel Tilton of ⟨Ph⟩ilada: Super Cargo, loaded with About 240 Hogsheads Tobacco, & reported from Norfolk in Virginia, stating that she was blown off the Coast; after admitted to Pratick, I wrote the Master an official letter Demanding a Sight of his Papers agreeable to the Laws of the U. S: but never got an Answer from him. Since then they have reshipd part of the Cargo for Cadiz, & the rimainder they have still on board.

On the 30: Ulto: arrived the Schooner Vigilent, James Leggett Master & owner, of New York, in Ballast from said Port cleard for Willmington N. C. & Mr. Richard Bailey of New York passenger. The Master pretends also to have been Blown off the Coast, but I have reas⟨on⟩ to believe he had been at some off Island. The Vessel they have sold, bu⟨t⟩ the Master Deliverd me the Registe⟨r⟩ half of which I now inclose you also the Chronicles, with the retu⟨rn⟩ of Arrivals at this Port for the las⟨t⟩ Six Months of 1808.

I am just informed that the Sh⟨ip⟩ Sidney is sold. I hope, the Bond⟨s⟩ will be inforced against these Vessels to prevent others doing the same.

I gave Capn: Legget a Reicip⟨t⟩ for the Register of the Shooner Vigilent, for without it he would ⟨not⟩ give it up. I have the honour to be with due respect, Sir Your most Obed. & most huml: Serv⟨t.⟩

John Gavino

The ship Franklin Jas. Forsyth Master from Martinica Martinique with Sugar for New London, was Detaind by the British ships of Warr Ferret, Diamond & Malpomain, & is now here under adjudication The Tryal will come on the 8. of next Month

DNA: RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, Gibraltar.

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