James Madison Papers

To James Madison from David Humphreys, 28 December 1801 (Abstract)

§ From David Humphreys

28 December 1801, Madrid. No. 299. Transmits information just received from Swedish chargé that three Swedish frigates arrived at Málaga on 20 Dec. and after making some repairs they will proceed to blockade Tripoli. Hopes this measure will reduce the Barbary powers to reason. Reports that the American consul at Málaga has complained that American vessels arriving there have been placed under rigorous quarantine, notwithstanding their clean bills of health. Has given Pinckney all papers relating to the subject, including original certificates of health from New York port officers for a vessel put in quarantine. Hopes Pinckney soon will be well enough to be presented at court and to attend to public business. Mentions rumor that marriages will take place between the prince of Asturias and princess of Naples and between the prince of Naples and infanta Isabella, linking the Spanish and Neapolitan royal families. Encloses resolution of the Spanish council of war that calls for printing all papers relating to the case of the American ship Eliza, a measure calculated to continue the case twelve months longer.

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