James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Rufus King, 23 June 1802

From Rufus King

London June 23 1802

Dr. Sir

I yesterday recd. by the foreign mail the enclosed letter from Leghorn.1 As I have no information relative to the extraordinary project of the Consul at Tunis, except what is contained in this Despatch, I can form no very precise notion of the Propriety of the means by wh. Peace is expected to be restored with Tripoli.

Whether the president has in any shape authorised the measures wh. are in view is more than I know; if not, it is to be hoped that some discreet man is the Commander of our naval force in the Mediterranean, as whatever shall be done or attempted will be ascribed to our Govt. Faithfully yr ob. Set

Rufus King

By the Enclosed letter from Leghorn you will perceive that this Despatch was sent open to Degen Purviance & Co.2 who also put it in that state to me.

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