§ From William Kirkpatrick
2 August 1801, Málaga. Acknowledges receipt of JM’s 21 May letter and considers president’s plan of sending squadron to be judicious. Announces arrival of squadron at Gibraltar on 1 July; believes its appearance will bring peace with Tripoli and discourage other regencies from hostilities. Suggests need for continuing force in the area. Reports Tripolitan conflicts with Denmark and Sweden. States that Spanish quarantine against American vessels continues, despite complaints from U.S. minister at Madrid, and believes this will materially reduce direct trade.