Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Peter Walsh, 17 October 1793

From Peter Walsh

Cadiz, 17 Oct. 1793.

In addition to what he wrote this morning by the Fair Hebe, two American brigs and a schooner have just arrived with the Nancy, Captain Butler, a ship bound from New York to Barcelona that managed to evade Algerine capture by means of its superior sailing in shallow waters, but Butler fears that the Algerines captured an American sloop. “Humanity Shudder’s for the fate of those who may have the misfortune to fall into the hands of the Pirates.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, CD); 1 p.; unaddressed; endorsed by TJ as received 18 Dec. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Printed in Knox, Barbary Wars description begins Dudley W. Knox, ed., Naval Documents Related to the United States Wars with the Barbary Powers, Washington, D.C., 1939–45, 7 vols. description ends , i, 52.

TJ submitted this letter to the President on 18 Dec. 1793 and received it back the same day (Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 269). For Walsh’s first letter of this date as well as his later letters to the Secretary of State not received by TJ, see Appendix i.

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