James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Kirkpatrick, 22 April 1802

From William Kirkpatrick, 22 April 1802

Malaga 22 April 1802.


You will find inclosed duplicate of the Letter I had last the Honor of addressing you on the 9 Feby. Since then little novelty, worthy of your notice, has occurred in this Quarter.

On the 12 Inst. Capt Sterett of the Schooner Enterprize came in here from Gibraltar, to Water, and again proceeded on the 16 do. for Malta in quest of the Boston Frigate, to deliver his dispatches to Capt McNeil. Capt Bainbridge in the Essex continues to blockade the Tripoline Cruizer at Gibraltar, and I have Just received Information that the Philadelphia had arrived at Leghorn towards the latter end of last month, and would sail in a few days, with such American, and Swedish Vessels as offered for Marseilles, Barcelona, Alicante, and this Place. I consequently daily look for her.

The Advices from the Coast of Barbary, I am sorry to say, are of a very distressing nature. The Plague having again broke out at Oran, Arzew and on the Coast of Riff about five day’s Journey from Tetuan, such Vessels as arrive from these Places are not allowed to enter our mole, but turned off immediately without any Communicati⟨on.⟩ In this City, and the Adjacent Country, the great⟨est⟩ good Health prevails, and as last Season We had ⟨no⟩ Return of the Yellow Fever, it is generally suppose⟨d⟩ We will not be further incommoded by it.

No Innovation has taken Place in the Quarantine Laws, on Vessels from the United States since the Regulation mentioned in my last. V⟨essels⟩ that do not Come furnished with a Bill of Hea⟨lth⟩ Certified by the Spanish Consul Resident in the District they proceed from, are kept in Observation the number of days that the Deputies of this Boa⟨rd⟩ of Health think proper, tho’ they seldom exceed from Ten to Twenty. With Sentiments of much Respect, and Esteem, I am Sir, Your most obed & hum

Willm: Kirkpatrick,

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