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To James Madison from William Jarvis, 1 October 1802 (Abstract)

§ From William Jarvis

1 October 1802, Lisbon. Forwards a duplicate of his last dispatch of 22 Sept. “Not haveing received a line from his Excellency in answer to my Communication of the 9th., I yesterday address’d a Note to him of which No 5 is a Copy, which I hope will produce something.”

“Mr Dunbar preferred attempting to get the Papers relative to the Aurora & Four Sisters to take Copies of them before any application was made to Don João, for fear that the Govmt. suspecting that some National question might arise from it should refuse any sort of information; but as yet success has not attended the attempt; if it does not after three or four days … I shall write to the Minister on the subject.”

Since the three American ships mentioned in his last dispatch were released from quarantine, three more have been released; “there are now under quarantine two Vessels from New York … & one from Philada. that arrived 4 days ago without any bill of Health whom I am apprehensive they will treat pretty rigorously.”

“No 1 & 2 are Copies of several Copies of letters forwarded me by Mr Willis with a Copy of his letter accompanying them. No 3 is a Copy of an affidavit given before Mr Yznardie & of his letter. In the affidavit the Captn. has not mentioned where or when the Moor was seen, & those were the most essential circumstances to be known.… The description no ways answers to the Moroquin that was here. No. 4 is an Extract from the letter accompanying Mr Simpson’s dispatch which is forwarded herewith.”

Mentions in a postscript that he has just received an answer to his note of 30 Sept., “a Translation of which will be found on No 5.” Adds in a postscript dated 2 Oct. that he is forwarding a packet just received from Willis and relates a report that a British brig without a passport was captured by “the Moroquin Ship that was in here.”

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