From James Simpson
Gibraltar, 29 June 1793. Having last written on 1 June, he now has just enough time to advise by way of the American brig Bacchus, recently released from detention by a Spanish privateer in Algeciras, that the army Muley Suliman sent from Rabat to the province of Shauia has been totally routed by a superior force opposed to its proceeding southward, in consequence of which Suliman returned to Mequinez with no hope for the present of “succeeding1 to the general command of that unhappy Empire.”
RC (DNA: RG 59, CD); 2 p.; at foot of first page: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr &ca”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Aug. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Tr (same); in a clerk’s hand; at head of text: “Copy.”
TJ submitted this letter to the President on 19 Aug. 1793, and Washington returned it to him the same day (Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 225).
1. “Speedily Succeeding” in Tr.