James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Anthony Terry, 26 September 1803 (Abstract)

§ From Anthony Terry

26 September 1803, Cádiz. Confirms the information in his letters of 4 July, 20 and 31 Aug., and 10 Sept.1 Provides an excerpt from the declaration given by John Appleton, master of the U.S. schooner Columbia, which arrived in Cádiz on 22 Sept. from Oporto: “That on the 21st. inst. at about 11. oClock he fell in with the United State Frigate the John Adams; the Commander informed him that he had spoke an English Vessel who advised him of having met a Moorish Frigate with four American Prizes, and that agreable to the course he gave him he was in Search of the Moor, and expected to be up with them on the Same Evening, ordering Capt Appleton to Steer for Cadiz, who requested of the Commander to Convoy him, but was answered he could not comply with his request, as what he was in search of, was more interesting. The Pilot that brought the Schooner in, told the Capt. that he had seen 2. Boats off Cape Trafalger, & was most certain they were Moors.” Encloses a petition of shipmasters to the commodore, requesting a convoy in light of the foregoing.2 Forwarded the petition to Gibraltar and will acquaint JM with the results “in due time.”

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