James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Eaton, 6 March 1801 (Abstract)

§ From William Eaton

6 March 1801, Tunis. No. 34. Reports British pressure on bey1 has forced Tunis to expel French diplomats. Notes resulting change in plans for American charter vessel Anna Maria. Believes British-French hostilities and disruption of French Mediterranean trade offer opportunity for American shipping to replace French in Indian trade. Quotes from earlier statements of bey supporting improved trade with U.S. Proposes commercial venture with Tunis using the Anna Maria to demonstrate validity of this point. Conveys rumor that Russia has threatened to invade Turkish Empire. Speculates that unless sultan deserts British both Turks and Barbary regencies face ruin. Notes that Danes, even with large warship at Tunis, bend to bey’s will.

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