James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Lewis S. Pintard, 28 July 1802

From Lewis S. Pintard, 28 July 1802

Madiera 28th: July 1802


I have the honor of handing you copies of James Simpson Esqr’s. letters, which contain important information, and which doubtless has been forwarded to you direct from Gibraltar.

On the 12th. inst: arrived here from Magadore, the Brig Active of Newbury Port, Capt. Jacob Noyes & Schooner Camden of Baltimore, Capt. Nathaniel Cannon, which Port they had left three days before in consequence of Mr. Simpson’s letter. From the information they brought me, I took the liberty of recommending it to them not to return to Magadore: notwithstanding which, as they had left a considerable proportion of their property there, they resolved on returning, and sailed from hence on the 21st. inst. I hope their rashness may not prove fatal to them.

If The President should deem it expedient to order a Frigate to Cruise off this Island and the Canaries, it would certainly be attended with great advantage to our Trade; as there is a considerable intercourse between the United States and this place, and we are only two hundred and forty three miles distant from Mogadore, from whence and Saffia, many Cruisers will doubtless be fitted out.

I shall make it a point to communicate such information relative to the Barbarians as I may from time to time recieve. I beg leave to inform you, for the satisfaction of his friends that John Joyce a mariner belonging to the Brig Lucretia of Hartford, Captain Francis Buckley, died here (in the Hospital appropriated to the reception of Invalid American Seamen) on the 23d: inst:, after a few days illness. His death was occasioned by the breaking a blood vessel on board. He informed me he belonged to Brattleborough, in the State of Vermont. On the day after his death I had him decently interred. Enclosed you have an inventory of his effects, which were really not worth his friends looking after. It is to me a circumstance highly gratifying, that out of the great number of Seamen who have been admitted into the Hospital, this has been the only death that has occur’d for these five years past. I have the Honor to be with great respect Sir Your Obedt. Hble: Servt.

Lewis S. Pintard

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