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To James Madison from William Jarvis, 2 November 1803 (Abstract)

§ From William Jarvis

2 November 1803, Lisbon. “It would seem that the British Gov⟨ern⟩ment are apprehensive for the safety of British Property in this Country and Spain, from the Notice put up at Lloyd’s Coffee house that all vessels intended for Spain & Portugal were not to be cleared out until further orders. This if a fact implies danger from a quarter altogether unexpected; however, it may only be a measure of precaution growing out of the uncertainty of the British Cabinet of the intentions of the French Government toward this Country. If the information in my last1 is correct this point is now ascertained;… but still some difficulty may arise with the English Court from the Terms upon which the neutrality of the two Kingdoms have been confirmed by France, it being the general opinion that it was by paying a large Sum of Money. On the other hand it is still said as it regards Portugal that the neutrality was effected through the mediation of Russia; a seeming contradiction of it’s being purchased.” Encloses a letter from Simpson,2 which informed him “of the misunderstanding with Morocco being adjusted,” as well as letters from Graham, Leonard, and Preble.3

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