James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Kirkpatrick, 28 May 1801 (Abstract)

§ From William Kirkpatrick

28 May 1801, Málaga. Transmits duplicate of 22 Apr. dispatch and recent O’Brien letter. Reiterates hope for American frigates to protect trade and force Tripoli to an accommodation. Reports twenty-six American merchantmen are detained at Barcelona; believes those at Alicante left safely. Discusses case of five American sailors who were on board British ketch Albanese seized by mutineers; notes that Spanish have not yet given them up but that he now doubts their original testimony and plans, if they are released, to return them to U.S. to be tried. Notes that Spanish quarantine of American vessels continues but that he has succeeded through American minister at Madrid in obtaining revocation of an order of early March levying retroactive duties on Spanish colonial produce imported on board American vessels since April 1799.

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