§ From Robert Montgomery
31 March 1801, Alicante. Gives résumé of his 8 Mar. dispatch. Has placed all U.S. vessels in surrounding waters on alert. Transmits letters just received from U.S. minister at Madrid. Spain has ordered a tax upon all “Commercial People,” including resident U.S. citizens (nearly $4,000 for himself). Has protested to minister of state, quoting seventh article of treaty.