James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Kirkpatrick, 18 March 1801

From William Kirkpatrick, 18 March 1801

Malaga 18th. March 1801


You have inclosed Copies of my three last letters to you by the Jane & Maria bound to Philada. Rambler to Charleston, and Samuel to Boston. I am ⟨s⟩orry to say I have since received another Letter ⟨w⟩ritten by Consul Cathcart, which is more explicit ⟨an⟩d gives greater Room for apprehending that the Bashaw of Tripoli may determine to make some Depredations on our Trade in the Mediterranean ⟨t⟩han the last forwarded. You will find a Copy of ⟨i⟩t here inclosed for your Government.

The Six American Seamen I claimed from the French Commissary, have been delivered up to me, and I am now distributing them among the American Vessels in this Place, bound to the ⟨U⟩. S. To some I have been under the necessity of giving a trifling Assistance in Cloaths &c &c.

Notwithstanding all the Efforts of ⟨ou⟩r minister at Madrid, He has not yet succeeded in procuring Liberty to the American Seamen, that were on board the English Ketc⟨h⟩ When brought into this Port, by some Spanish Prisoners, and part of her Crew, which proves ⟨a⟩ very hard Case. ’Till the Process now forming on the Mutiny on board the Ketch, and the Seamen can prove that they were pressed into the English Services, the Spanish Minister seem⟨s⟩ determined not to give them up.

The same grievous Quarantine still Continues to be imposed on All Vessels from Ameri⟨ca,⟩ nor have I succeeded except in One, or two Insta⟨nces⟩ to land Goods, whilst it lasts.

I inclose another Dispatch from our Minis⟨ter⟩ at Madrid; and Remain with high Respect Sir Your most obedien⟨t⟩ & humble Serv

Willm. Kirkpatrick

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