James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Willis, 9 August 1803 (Abstract)

§ From William Willis

9 August 1803, Barcelona. “It appears to be Certain that the Tripoline Ship So long detaind in Gibralter has been taken by the U S frigate Adams and carryed into Malta.… The English have a fleet off Toulon, so that it appears that they suspect Bonaparte wishes to play them another such trick as he did before when he pretended he would invade England the[y] seem to suspect that he has a design of attacking Egypt again. The war at present seems to affect Spain but little as the people expect to be permittd to remain Neutral.… I herewith Enclose you a duply of mine of Saturday last [6 Aug.] and a Coppy of my letter to the Captain General.1 … I Certainly shall compell Mills to Make Oath & Submit to interrogation respecting the false papers found with him. Baker is Still in Marseilles with Ogden & Schwartz.”

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