From John Mathieu, 18 June 1802
Naples 18th. June 1802.
The Frigate Boston of the United States Capn. Mc.Neill being ready to sail this evening, I avail myself of this opportunity to send you a Statement of all the Ships belonging to the U.S. which came to this Port, and those of Messina, & Palermo since the 1st. of January last till the 30th. of June.
I am very sorry to hear from said Capn. that Morocco has declared war to the U. S. I have immediately written to all the Consuls, and Consular Agents in the Mediterranean—informing them of Same for the Government of the American Capn’s. who may be in their respective Ports. I am Sir with the greatest Respect, Your Most obt. & Most humble Servant
P.S. In this moment I received the inclosed Circular letter f⟨rom⟩ Leghorn. I am very unhappy to see our Commerce so interr⟨upted⟩ by those Barberians, but that our Frigates will give a good account of them.