James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Jarvis, 6 February 1806

Lisbon 6th: Feby. 1806


Since my last of the 17th Ul⟨to.⟩ & the Postcript of the 20th. no political transaction has transpired of any moment. The Treaty between the Emperors Napoleon & Francis will go inclosed, under the Supposition of a bare possibility from the constant strong Westerly winds which have prevailed for thirty days past, tha⟨t⟩ it may not have reached you from any other quarter.

A few days since I go⟨t⟩ released from the Avon Sloop of War, Captn. Snell, William Scott an American Seaman. Ada⟨m⟩ Brown, impressed in Englan⟨d⟩ calling himself an America⟨n⟩ is still on board that Vessel. He says he transmitted his protection to London, to Mr. Lyman; but is afraid it has miscarried. Mr. Gambier the British Consul General has likewise passed his word for the release of Thomas Harling from the Pomona. In the course of last month two or three hot impressments of English Seamen took place, but the Americans were generally let alone, except in one or two instances, when they were immediately discharged upon shewing their protections.

From what Mr Erving says I am in hopes our Spanish Affairs begin to wear a more favourable aspect: but no doubt the inclosed packet from him will communicate every thing that is interesting. Inclosed is also a letter from Mr. Simpson, duplicates from Yr. Excy. Mr de Araujo and the Marquis de Pombal; dup: Copy to Mr de Araujo; Dup: recapitulation of the Semi-annual list, & list of protections granted and duplicate accounts. With entire Respect & Estee⟨m⟩ I have the honor to be Sir Yr Mo: Ob: Servt.

William Jarvis

N.B. The letters from Mr. Erving and Mr. Simpson are put under a Separate Cover.

9 Feby 

Mr. Simpson advised me in a letter of ⟨the⟩ 24 Ulto: that an Algerine frigate had ⟨   ⟩ & captured a large Portuguese Brazil Ship bound to that Colony from Lisbon loa⟨d⟩ed with Salt, Wine, Cordage & dry goods. She was taken the early part of Jany. off Mad⟨eira⟩ & arrived at Tangier the 23rd: The same ⟨fri⟩gate took a Portuguese Yacht bound to this port fr⟨om⟩ Mogadore with ⟨   ⟩ware &c & sent her direct to Algiers.

DNA: RG 59--CD--Consular Despatches, Lisbon.

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