James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Gavino, 29 April 1803

From John Gavino, 29 April 1803

No. 119

Gibraltar 29th. April 1803


I have not been honord with any of yours. As such referr to my last Respects No. 118, advising the arrival of two french Ships with Settlers for Lusiana, & that they mentiond two 74 were coming down with 5000 Polanders for said Place. Since then some french Ships have gone by from the East.

The Chesapeake went Home on the 6th: Inst. On the 7th. the Adams went for Italy with a Convoy of 7 sail of our Merchant Vessels.

The Moorish Ship in question proceeded for Tunis the 10th. Inst: her Tripolin Papers were deposited by the Empr: agent in my office for 10 Days after she saild, then to be returnd him. Comodor Morris in the New York, with the John Adams and Schor: Enterprize saild the 11th: Inst: for Malta and off Tripoly; I supplied his Squadron with about $40.000 against his Bills on the Hone: Secretary of the Navy and Leghorn.

The Swedish Admiral Cederstrom arrived at Malaga from Tripoly and is now at Tanger, says a Tripolin Cruiser was out and Six others almost ready for Sea. That the Bey had Declared warr against Holland, & his Cruisers have orders to carry in all Dutch ships they meet, as the time for admiral De Winters promised Presents had Elapsed without their appearing.

Consul Sir Peter Wyk is gone up to the Emperour, also Alcaid Hashash. Consul Simpson is anxiouse to hear from you, also for the arrival of the Gun Carriages.

I now transmit you my accot. of Expenditure for last Year to relieve Distressd sick & hurt seamen with the Vouchers for same Amounting to $174:77 which with $99:91 amount the former Year sent you makes together $274:68 for which have this day Valued on you a 20 days sight to my order, not doubting it will meet due honor and noted accordingly. I have Valued on you as this Consulage from the Cituation of the Place not being attached to any of our Ministers abroad.

Genl. Sir Thomas Trig has arrived to take the Command of this Garrison. I have the honor to be with respect, Sir Your most obedt. and he: Servt.

John Gavino

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