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I had the honor in my last private letter to acquaint you with my having shipped on board the Brig Betty of New York Captn. Morehouse, a pipe of Bucellos Wine a pipe of Lisbon & a quarter Cask of Port agreeable to your instructions. This vessel Sailed the early part of March last, was captured off the mouth of the Tagus, sent to England & there condemned vessel & Cargo, with the sole exception...
It is a common observation that the present is a time of Political Phenomena. The extraordinary events which have occurred within the last thirty years, on both sides of the Atlantick, will without doubt amply justify the assertion: but the United States has been the only Country during this period, and unhappily for mankind almost any other where the good of the people has been the sole seed...
The inclosed of the 23rd. Decr. is a copy of the last letter I had the honor to address to you via Falmouth to the care of R. W. Fox Esqr. and I shall now take the liberty to add some remarks to the Commercial observations in it, which I perceive that I omitted. I was not sufficiently explicit as to the price of Cod-fish in Cadiz; six dollars P quintal being the price by small parcels after...
The last letters I had the honor to write to you were dated the 3rd. & 18th. Ulto:. I sent a duplicate & triplicate of the first, the dupliplicate via Liverpool & the triplicate by the way of Falmouth. The original I intended to send by the Commerce, Captn. Robbins, but he finally took a freight for the Streights. Since the date of the last, little has occurred of interest in Portugal. It is...
The foregoing is a copy of my last via Liverpool. This will be sent to the care of Mr. Fox, our Consul at Falmouth. There is no news whatever from Spain, nor military from any other quarter. The Presidents answer to the Town of Boston was elegant & wise. The Law authorising him to raise the embargo, it appears to me points out the only circumstance which will authorise its being rais ed. I saw...
My last dated 28th. June, which I have transmitted by a private conveyance by way of Spain, stated the situation of pu blic affairs to that date. The subsequent events have doubtless been so fully detailed in the Public Papers which have reached the U nited States, as to render any very minute account unnecessary in this. The success of the Spaniards encouraged the People in this Kingd om...
The foregoing is a copy of my last, which I hope will reach yo u by a vessel going from Spain. Th is I forward by a Gentleman going to the south of Spain who may have some opportunity of sending it. Here the situation daily grows more critical. The french Govmt. themselves seem to be alarmed. Within four days part of the troops have been taken from the for ts to increase the guards in the City...
The last letter which I had the honor to address to you of the date of the 18th. April went via London & inclosed a letter from Mr. Erving. This gentleman by letter & Mr. Young in person will doubtless communicate to you that the Spanish Kings Charles & Ferdinand & the royal family, in general have abdicated the Crown of Spain in favour of the Emperor Napoleon, and of all the particulars...
The inclosed letter is a copy of my last respects of the 1st. Ulto. which went by the Brig Hetty Captn Morehouse to the care of Mr He t ter. Nothing material has occurred in Portugal since that time. Flour & grain is of course daily growing more Scarce & more dear, but it is hoped that with about Sixteen thousand barrels of flour which this Govmt have bought in St. Lucar & Cadiz, that there...
Notwithstanding the advice of the very extraordinary change w hich has recently taken place i n the fortunes of the Prince of Peace will probably reach you th rough various other channels I c ould not deprive myself of the opportunity of the Brig Maria, to communicate such reports as ha ve reached here & Cadiz on the su bject. It is said that about ei
Two or three gun boats & some r ow boats attempted to enter the Tagus the last night covered by a frigate & Sloop of War, but being discovered they were fo ed by the Bougie, a Small Castle, on a spit of Sand, at the mouth of the harbour. To take off the attention of the Castle from the boats & to Secure their retreat, the Sloop of War ed on the Castle, but in go in g about got aground &...
Inclosed are copies of the two letters which I had the honor to address to you under date of 18th: & 25th: Ultimo, the former of which went by the Ship Sally & Hetty Captn. Fleming & the latter by the Brig Fame, Captn. Howe for Philadelphia & Providence. In consequence of the impressment of several Seamen out of a Kniphausen vessel, which Sailed ten days or a fortnight ago, by the Squadron...
I was honored with your letters of the 30th. Octr. & 3rd. Novr. by the same post, they having come by the way of Cadiz, the vessel by which they were transmitted being turned away by the Blockading Squadron. It gave me much pleasure to hear that we had so good a harvest. Should contrary to the opinion I have formed from the British Orders of October & November, from the Speculative pieces I...
To day the general in charge granted the passports for the four American Vessels three of which, will sail tomorrow & the other abou t days hence. Since my last of the 14th. February, there has no thing worthy of notice transferred. With perfect Respect I have the honou r to be Sir, Yr most obedie nt Servt DNA : RG 59--CD--Consular Despatches, Lisbon.
The original of the preceding of the 29 Jany. went by the Brig Orlando Captn. Baty, and the duplicate with the originals of the 1st. & 5th. Feby, by the Brig Daniel Captn. Baill; Since then nothing material has taken place but that of the disarming of the Militia, of which the decree is inclosed. Some dissatisfaction has been excited by the contribution but it has not extended to any thing...
The last letter I had the honor to address to you was dated the 30th August. The sudden & extraordinary change which has lately occurred here has been attended with the seldom failing consequence of War. Has the human species endowed with the powers of resuscitation after laying in a torpid state some months, like some of the inferior classes of animated nature, and a person had just now awoke...
Some further detention of the Brig Da Bailes affords me an opportunity of enclosing to you the fourth de cree of the first instant, the three first of which were put under cover with my Official letter by the Vessel of the 29 ulo plublished to day, levying a co ntribution of Twenty millions of Dollars on Portugal. From what I understand to day General Junot has not any new title conferred on...
Captn Baty being detained in consequence of some irregularity in the passports of one of his passengers, which I have this moment, (at 9 p. m.) arranged, affords me the opportunity to acquaint you by him, that General Junot, yesterday formally took possession of the Government, of Portugal in the name of the Emperor, that he is appointed Governor General & Commander in Chief of all Portugal,...
The last letter I had the honor to address to you was dated a copy of which, with the duplicates of such letters as copies only were before sent on will accompany it. I was the other day told that the Prince Regent, although much alarmed at the advice of the entry of the French into Portugal, did not absolutely determine to leave the Kingdom, untill a Minoteur, I think of the 3rd. Novr. was...
The inclosures of the 21st: Ulto. 4th & 9th instant are copies of my three last letters which went by the way of St: Uber in the Brig Perseverance Captn: Atkins for New York & the Ship Active Capt: King for Philadelphia. I have now the honor to inform you, that after several applications, both verbal & written, Passports have been granted for our Vessels to proceed to Sea, with the promise...
Since the date of the letter which will accompany this, ie 21st. Ulto:; which has s at in my desk waiting the daily release of our Vessels in this Port (although a Duplicate has been sen t by the way of St. Uber) nothing Material has occ urred in this Place. Out of the great numbers of Vessels I understand were about Sailing from the United States, three only have got in, so that the Scarcity...
I have the honor to embrace the earliest opportunity of commu n icating the agreeable intelligence co ntained in the foregoing letter from Co lo. Tobias Lear of the differences between the United States & the Dey of Algiers b eing amicably adjusted which I have communicated to Mr Mr Erving & Mr Montgomery. I wish it was also in my power to state, that our vess
Inclosed I have the honor to hand you a copy of my letter of the 29th Ulto. mentioning the circumstances which occurred at & immediately preceding the departure of the Prince Regent; and I shall now take the liberty to detail those which have occurred subsequent to that event. About twenty four hours after the sailing of the squadron the first division of the French Army, consisting of six...
At the moment I am writing the Portugueze Squadron consisting of 8 line of battle Ships 2 frigates & 4 Smaller vessels are under weigh. The Prince Regent & the whole Royal family is embarked; the Duke of Cardenal first Prince of the blood, the ional Anadie & Mr. d’Araujo the Minister of Marine & Foreign Affairs, the Marquis of Pombal & several other Nobility with a number of Officers of...
11th: Novr. 1807 This day has arrived Admiral Sinamens Squadron in 42 days from Corfu consisting of 9 sail of the line & two frigates. They were bound to Russia but they put in here in consequence of Winds & tempestuous weather. Two of the Men of War are in distress. The r eport of the Spaniard having declared w ar seems to be losing ground & that of the confinement of the Prince more ge...
This letter I think must be divided into two parts, one to consist of what has actually occurred since my last, the other of the reports which have been circulated to day & have gained some Credit. To begin in the order of time, the Portugueze Ambassador at the French Court reached here about eight days since. It is said that before he left Paris, he made three applications for an Audience of...
The Ann & Mary, being detained a couple of days affords me an opportunity to inform you by her that the warmest impressment took place yesterday & the day before, that has hitherto been. Men for Soldiers & Sailors were indiscriminately taken. Renewed exertions too are making to compleat the Vessels of War that are still under repair. It is said that this has been owing to an express (Courier)...
The foregoing is a copy of my last, since which I have received the circular from His Excellency Mr de Araujo dated the 20 Instant of which the inclosed is a copy & translation. My answer of the 26th: will also accompany it. All talk of the Prince Regents going to the Brazils is entirely done away & that of the Prince of Beira’s going is daily subsiding. I am hourly more fully persuaded that...
The foregoing is a copy of my last which went by the Brig Betsey Captn Bradford for Philada: The British Convoy sailed the 17th: Instant, about 55 Sail of Merchantmen in all. There remain about twenty Englishmen now here & several vessels are yet loading, but all will be gone in about a week. The Minister & Consul will leave here in a few days in a Brig of War now waiting for them. Yesterday...
Since my last every thing has been hurry & bustle here. Reports & counter reports seems to have been the order of the day. Sometimes this G ovmt. was decidedly French sometimes decidedly English & little else w as to be relied on but the exertions of the British Subjects to Secure their e ffects & quit the Country. The 12th. w as appointed for the sailing of the C onvoy, the 15th. & to-morrow,...
The confusion exhibited in this place increa ses every day & which is by no means lessened by the uncertainty that every body is in as to the intentions of the Prince Regent. Some beleive he will go, others are as fully persuaded that he will remain & take his chance. The latter I imagine is the opinion of the French Legation. I very much doubt whether the Prince is determined in his mind what...
Every thing here still rem ains in doubt & uncertainty. Instead of sev en, five line of battle ships two frigate s & two sloops of War only are fitting out, but within a few days there has been the exertion & activity employed in their preparation Men are impressed from all quarters to man them. Five hundred are sa id to have been impressed the night be fore the last only. The intention of the...
In reading over the foregoing copies, the originals of which I had the honor to address you the 20th & 24th Ultimo, I find that in my haste I have fallen into some inaccuracies of expression, which I have partly taken the liberty to rectify. I imagine that my surmise of money being the principal object of the supposed late demand was not far out of the way, or at least that it has been...
As Colo: Sparhawk with his daughter, Miss Sparhawk, will probably pass through Washing on thier journey to Alexandria, to embark for this port, and will doubtless be highly flattered by being made known to yourself & Lady, I pray you Sir to allow me the honor of introducing them, and to excuse the liberty I have taken on so small an acquaintance, which nothing but your great goodness would...
The two foregoing covered two letters from Mr. Erving, and i n closed go the two which accompanied them that he desired me to send by a different conveyance. There has been considerable rumours here for several days past, as I mentioned in my last that the Emperor Napoleon had required that the ports of Portugal should be shut against the Commerce of Gt. Britain. This is however absolutely...
Not having been honored with an answer to my last two letters makes me with diffidence venture to address you, least my correspondence should become troublesome to you Sir, who know so much of interest & importance to attract your attention. But I could not forbear offering my tribute of praise for your wise determination relative to the late horribly perfidious attack on the Chesapeake. Had I...
I was honored with your favour of the 17 June, and was highly gratified at the present with which it was accompanied. It was greatly adding to obligation which the goodness of your excellent & worthy Lady had conferred on me in accepting the trifles which I had taken the liberty to send. Such small proofs of regard from those one so highly respects & esteems, affords infinite satisfaction: for...
From what Mr. Erving says in the letter enclosing this, I conceived the inclosed of too much importance not to be sent immediately. Are not all these threats with a view, to oblige the English to make a Peace; and possibly with a farther view to get an additional sum of m oney in the way of contribution? Within three days there has been s o me murmur of this kind here but noth in g distinct or...
Since my last respects of the 4th. Instant nothing worthy of notice has reached here but the articles of peace between France Russia, & Prussia: which as they were conveyed to me under the s ame cover with the inclosed letter from Mr Erving; I presume they are therein inclosed of course shall not increase the bulk of this letter by sending a c opy. A report is in circulation to day that a...
The last letter I had the honor to address to you was dated the 7th. Ultimo & went by the Schooner Woodbridge Captn. Smith for Cape Ann; of which a copy goes inclosed with duplicates of the accompanying documents. I have now the pleasure to hand you two letters from Mr Erving. A duplicate of that from him forwarded under cover of my last went by the Brig Lovely Lass, Captn. Spicer for Philada:...
The inclosed of the 15th. Ulto: is a copy of the last letter I had the honor to address to you, which went by the Ship Friendship Captn. Meldrum for New York. On the 20th: early in the morning the boats belonging to the Tribune impressed out of the Brig Eliza Haly Captn. Ferguson two Seamen & two more out of the Ship Venus Captn Bond. As the frigate was going to Sea the next morning, I made a...
It is rarely that such a length of time has past without my having the honor to address you; but being satisfied that you would readily dispense with a letter written merely for the sake of form, I have postponed writing from day to day, in expectation of some sort of occurrence of some interest. But the Swedish Armistice, consequent coolness, or rather misunderstanding between the Courts of...
The accompanying letter of the 16 Ultimo is a copy of my last, which went by the Schooner Miles Standwich, Captn. Davie for Boston. About the 25th. Ulto. I forwarded a letter from Mr Erving by the Brig Corporal Trim, Captn. Elwell via Boston. I have now the pleasure to forward another received two posts since from the same Gentleman. There is nothing new here but the certain advice of the...
Least you should not have received the advice s ooner from any other quarter, I have the honor to inclose to you a copy of a Circular from Mr Lear d ated 1st: March announcing the very agreeable intelligence of an amicable settlement of the differences between the U. S & the Bey & Regency of Tunis. Since th is affair has terminated as it has, it was fortu na te that I did not make public the
Since my last of the 24th. Ultimo nothing very interesting has reached here regarding European affairs, other than a report which is in circulation to day said to be brought by an English Brig of War via Faro that the Turks had declared War on the English & had fired on Admiral Duckworth as he was passing the Dardanelles but that he had sustained no injury & when the Brig of War left him he...
Inclosed I have the honor to hand a letter receiv ed by yesterdays post from M r Erving. As I presume it i n closes the two Spanish decr ees for blockading the Islands of Gt. Britain &c & for marchi ng a body of Spanish troops to France from my h a ving received them from him under the same cover, I sha ll
The Commercial part of this City has been kept in a high State of ferment for two days past in consequence of the return of the Brig Tiger of Boston, Wm. Bartlett, Master, owing to his papers being indorsed to prevent his entering any port of France: for the particulars I must beg leave to refer you to the inclosed copy of my letter to Captn. McKinley dated yesterday. I waited on Lord...
The foregoing is a Copy of the letter I had the honor to address you by the Brig. Mentor, Capt. Rhodes, via New York. Nothing worthy of notice has since occurred in the political world. On the 20th: Ultimo the funeral ceremonies in honor of the late Minister, the Conde de V il lavorde, was celebrated. A pi ece of very elegant solemn Mus ic was performed by about an hu n dred Musicians & twenty...
I had the honor to address you the original of the foregoing of the 22nd. Ulto. & the postscript of the 29th: by the Brig Maria, Captn. Carew via Alexandria. Duplicates of the inclosures therein described go herewith. In that letter I omitted to acknowledge the receipt of a letter the 17 Jany. addressed to Mr Erving indorsed Department of State, another recd. via Baltimore for the same...
Not having been honored with a letter from you since the 1st. Novr. 1805 has deterred me from addressing you since the 25 June last. I have little now to communicate beside what is in my official letter of to days date. I sincerely hope that the ideas of the President relating to roads, Canals clearing of Rivers & a plan of National education may be acted on by the Legislature. The advantages...