James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Gavino, 4 April 1803

From John Gavino, 4 April 1803

No. 117 118

Gibraltar 4th. April 1803


I have not been honord with any of yours, as such beg leave to referr to my last No. 117.

Consul Simpson of Tangier sent me the inclosed Dispatch for you; and at Same time Thos: Beck, and David Ervin, two american Seamen saved in June last from the Schooner Betsy of Norfolk which was Wreckd on the Southern Coast of Barbary, and the Empr. of Morrocco since redeemed from the Arabs and sent them to Consul Simpson, as will be more particularly mentiond in said Dispatch. I have informed Comodor Morris thereof that he may send ashore for them; said Gentleman arrived here with all the Squadron from Tunis and Algeir on the 23d. Ultimo, having on board Consuls Cathcart, and Eaton, to whom referr as no doubt you will hear from them by the bearer Capn: Jas: Barron. Consul Eaton proceeded in a Merchant Vessel for Boston.

The Moorish ship in question will sail first Wind for the Eastward. I have the honor to be, Sir Your most obedt. & most he. Servt.

John Gavino

P.S. 5th. last night Anchord in this Bay two french ships with Passengers for Lusiana. There are several ships in Sight from the East and the above Vessels reported that they are two french 74 with a Convoy & 5000 Polanders destind for Lusiana.

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