James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Edward Preble, 15 October 1803

From Edward Preble

United States Frigate Constitution
15th. Oct: 1803

Sir Gibraltar Bay

It is with pleasure I announce to you the renewal of Peace between the United States & Morocco. The enclosed documents1 will inform you that the Treaty of 1786 is ratified by the present Emperor. I hope and trust that this important object has been effected on as favourable grounds as was anticipated by our Government. I offer for your consideration, not only the enclosed papers, but beg leave to refer you to the secretary of the Navy whom I have advised of the most minute transactions before, and during our Negotiations with His Imperial Majesty.2

Enclosed is a letter from the Emperor to the President of the United States.3 It seems that His Majesty is very desirous of a correspondence. Indeed he appears very much hurt, that he has not recd: any letters from the president. I beg leave to suggest whether the answering this letter, and afterwards to send him one annually, might not have a good effect, for as far as I am capable of judging the native disposition of these Barbarians I think them highly susceptible to attentions of this Kind. I however submit this matter to your better Judgment. With the Greatest respect I am Sir Your obt. Servt.

Signed   Edwd: Preble

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