James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Willis, 15 December 1802 (Abstract)

§ From William Willis

15 December 1802, Barcelona. Notes that the principal object of this letter is to transmit the enclosed copy of a circular letter received from Tunis via Italy.1 Also encloses a copy of an affidavit [not found] of Benjamin Mum-ford and William B. Bowen sworn to before Cathalan, the purpose of which is expressed at the bottom of the affidavit. Has no recent information of the “Cruising Ground of the Pyrates of Tripoly” but there were four sail off Malta in October. There have been no recent seizures. Hopes the vigilance of the U.S. squadron will prevent the capture of U.S. ships.

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