James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Gavino, 31 May 1802

From John Gavino, 31 May 1802

⟨No.⟩ 88

Gibraltar 31st. May 1802


Deprived the honor of any of yours permit me to confirm my last dispatches No. 86 & 87 ⅌ Capn. Barron accompanying one from Consul Eaton & the Translation of another received from Consul Pulis of Malta.

On the 24th. Inst. proceeded Capn. Anthony Lambertus from this Port in the new English Brig (wch. was formerly the Tripolin Cruiser) for Lisbon, as they Sayd, in Ballast.

They now taulk of fitting out the Tripolin Ship. The Commander is gone to Tetuan, they say for Provisions.

I have a Letter from Consul OBrion dated Alger 25h. Ulto. telling me the Algereens had Captured two Neopolitans & a Genoese Vessel, and that Six other large Corsairs were ready for Sea. There are Accounts in Town that on the 10th. Inst. an Algereen frigate off Malaga fell in with the Portuguese one calld Cisne of 40 Guns which they Captured. It is said that on the Algereens boarding the Portugues⟨e⟩ Crew (Excepting 60 Men & the Officers) fled from their Quarters & run down when said Officers with those that sto⟨od⟩ by them were cutt to Pieces to a Man. If this account is verified the Algereens will be very haughty; as to the frigate being taken there is no doubt.

On the 25h. Inst, arrived the U.S. Ship Chesapeake in 28 days. She had the Misfortune of Springing the Main mast, & is in the New Mole to repair the damage.

By the ship Protector of New York I received a Dispatch for our Minister at Madrid from your Department which forward by this days Post, and Inclosed you have one from Consul Simpson of Tangier. I have the honor to ⟨be⟩ Sir Your most obedt. and most he. St.

John Gavino

A Danish frigate just came in. She lookd into Algeirs but did not Anchor saw the Cisne there. His Consul came along side, who told him the Commander and 20 Men of the Portuguese frigate were Killd. She was carried at the fourth attempt of Boarding. That the Moors on shore were so much Exulted, that no Christian could Speak.

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