James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Simpson, 7 April 1804 (Abstract)

§ From James Simpson

7 April 1804, Tangier. No. 76. “I avail of this opportunity of the Vessel by which Mr Thom returns to the United States, to hand you translation of His Imperial Majestys Letter in answer to that I had the honour of writing to advise the arrival of the Gun Carriages.1

“On the 24th last Month I had the honour to receive your Letter of the 26th December,2 which it is impossible for me to answer by this conveyance. The Letter for the Emperour will be forwarded to meet him at Mequinez,3 so soon as we hear of his leaving Morocco, which we daily expect.”

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, CD, Tangier, vol. 2). RC 1 p.; docketed by Wagner as received 6 June. For enclosure, see n. 1.

1The enclosure (2 pp.; docketed by Wagner; printed in Knox, Naval Documents, Barbary Wars description begins Dudley W. Knox, ed., Naval Documents Related to the United States Wars with the Barbary Powers (6 vols.; Washington, 1939–44). description ends , 3:498) is a translation of Mawlay Sulaiman’s 28 Dulkaada 1218 (18 Mar. 1804) letter to Simpson acknowledging receipt of Simpson’s letter and recognizing the delivery of the gun carriages as an expression by the U.S. of friendship toward Morocco.

2PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 6:217.

3Meknès, Morocco.

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