James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Richard O’Brien, 18 January 1803 (Abstract)

§ From Richard O’Brien

18 January 1803, Algiers. Reports that the dey sent a messenger on the morning of 17 Jan. to say “his Patience was nearly finished with The americans. That we had brought no Stores and That he would not accept of a Cash payment therefore he did not See the Use of The Consul remaining here as yet he being at peace with The americans.” O’Brien told the dey he had “60 days past wrote by 4 different Conveyances” about the dey’s refusal of cash and insistence on stores. He reminded the dey it was winter and time would be required for letters to arrive in America. When he had answers he would immediately inform the dey. “The devil1 answered that he had patience a little longer.” Believes that if “some great affair does not Shortly draw his attention” the dey will lose patience before answers arrive from the U.S. “We will be the first he will in reality attack. He wants War & it is a great pity but he Should get Plenty Thereof.”

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