James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Mathieu, 18 June 1802 (Abstract)

§ From John Mathieu

18 June 1802, Naples. Takes the opportunity by the frigate Boston, Captain McNeill, which is about to sail, to enclose a statement of all American ships that arrived at Naples, Messina, and Palermo between 1 January and 30 June 1802. Has heard from Captain McNeill that Morocco declared war on the U.S. and has informed all U.S. consuls in the Mediterranean. Adds in a postscript that he just received the enclosed circular letter from Leghorn [not found]; “I am very unhappy to see our Commerce so interrupt⟨ed⟩ by those Barberians, but that our Frigates will give a good account of them.”

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