§ From John Morton
25 December 1801, Havana. Announces 25 Dec. order banning all foreign vessels from Cuban ports, effective immediately. No warning of this action was given. Immediately sought audience with the governor to discuss final adjustment of American concerns and the situation of ships already en route but failed because of its being a holy day. Sends this information by a vessel that sails early the next morning so that JM can “give that publicity you may deem requisite.”1 Will immediately send circular letters to collectors himself.