James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Peter Stirling, 28 May 1802

From Peter Stirling, 28 May 1802

Barcelona 28. May 1802.

Dear Sir.

I had the honour of directing my last to you Sir, bearing date of the 29 April and a duplicate of Same Sent Via Bordeaux, Some of which I hope you have received but lest all should have miscarried I inclose a Coppy: being moved for general good and have to add that Scrupolous precautions are taken here to avoyd an introduction. It is Said that advices are Circulating from French Comissaries of foreign Relations, even gone so farr as plublishing in their Newspapers that the infection is so pestiferous in Oran that great numbers are Swept off Dayly, even Said that a Person when atacked hardly lives four hours. I likewise understand that the French Nation are going to be So Cautious as not to admitt into their Ports any Vessell from oran or its Neighbourhood. For the present perfect Health is enjoyed in Spain, if any mutation takes Place concerning the above I shall not fail in keeping you fully advised. The French news Papers will no doubt, Continue to furnish advise. Should Publick Health in Spain be attac⟨ked⟩ I shall on my part furnish the earliest advices. But I Hope Provid⟨ence⟩ will preserve us in This Side, and Soon disperse what reigns, tho it ⟨is⟩ reasonable to expect little relief in Oran Till winter comes on. The Said information I have had from Mr. Jn. ⟨Br.⟩ Vignes French ag⟨ent⟩ here. On my Soliciting in Behalf of Capt. H. May of the Schooner Polly of Boston I had the inclosed answer from the Superior Court of [. . .] of this City. The Said Capt. was told by Some that his quarantine ⟨should⟩ be streched to 40. d. by which I undertook his case at the expiration ⟨of the⟩ time promised to him at his arrival.

I hope that availing my Self of the first oportunities will be acceptable, although I am Convinced that Such essential advices ⟨have⟩ reached you before this as other Consuls doubtless have given due ⟨notice⟩ being nearer the Theatre of the raging illness.

Nothing else occuring esential for the present. I am with the utmost Respect your most Obedt. & mt. Hle. Servant.

Peter Stirling at. & [. . .]

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