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To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Pinckney, 8 July 1793

From Thomas Pinckney

London 8th1 July 1793

Dear Sir

I wrote to you by the way of Falmouth on the 5th. of this month and sent a copy of that letter by this opportunity since closing this last I received from Mr. Johnson the inclosed Protest stating the misconduct of the commander of a French Frigate. Mr. Johnson was particularly requested to forward it to our Government or I would have sent it directly to Mr. Morris at Paris. As enquiries concerning the event will probably be made in the same channel you will oblige me by enabling me to answer them. With great respect I am Dear Sir Your faithful & obedt Servt.

Thomas Pinckney

RC (DNA: RG 59, DD); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 10 Nov. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. PrC (ScHi: Pinckney Family Papers). Tr (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DD). Enclosure: Deposition of Thomas Hickling, acting American consul at St. Michael, 28 May 1793, stating—on the basis of the testimony of Keyran Welsh, master of the Maria, and his passengers Dom Vincente Cano, former governor of the Grand Canary Island, Lieutenant Dom Gracia Manrigo of the Spanish navy, Cano’s wife, and a maidservant—that on 19 May the Maria, a brigantine owned by Ebenezar Stocker of Newburyport and bound from Tenerife to Cádiz with a cargo wholly belonging to Stocker and Welsh, was captured on the high seas by the French frigate Médée, Captain Minbielle; that after the French had taken part of the ship’s cargo, plundered everything belonging to its captain, crew, and passengers to the value of more than 10,000 dollars, and were taking it into the nearest French port, the Maria was retaken on 25 May by the Ned, a privateer from Liverpool commanded by George Makwell, and brought to St. Michael two days later; and that Welsh requested him on behalf of all concerned to accept his protest against the piratical actions of the Médée with a view to obtaining compensation (MS in same, in a clerk’s hand, signed by Hickling, with subjoined 31 May 1793 certification by five merchants of Ponta Delgada; Tr in same). For other texts of the enclosure, see note to David Humphreys to TJ, 20 July 1793.

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