James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Simpson, 12 February 1806

No. 107.

Tangier 12th February 1806


I have the honour to inclose with this, an Account of the disbursements for Public Service in the Consulate under my charge

during the course of the Year 1805, amounting to dollars 1580 22 Cents
which sum added to the ballance comeing to me on the Accounts closed 31 December 1804 of 371 40
leaves a surplus of Cash in my hands from the drafts of last Year of 436 38
$ 2388 .
 My drafts for Contingent Expences in the past year having been 17th April to order of Mr. Willm. Kirkpatrick $1200
 30th Novemr. to order of Mr. John Gavino 1200
 less their Commission, 2 per Cent 12 2388 .

I farther beg leave to lay before you a statement of the Articles provided out of the above funds for Service during last year, shewing particulars of distribution of such part thereof as has been issued, also the remains on the 31st. December. This last Item with the ballance of the Cash Account, being of some consequence will lessen the demands for the Current Year and indeed may be considered a proportionate statement of the apparent expences of the former. It shall ever be my steady care and endeavour to keep down the Amounts of Contingent charges, as much as can be done, consistent with the good of the Public Service, but to push that principle too far would endanger the opening a door for an unavoidable momentary encrease of expence, unworthy of a person who ought to be a competent judge of what is proper to be done in that line of his Duty.

We have not had any interesting public occurrence in this Country since date of No. 105. At continuation of triplicate of No. 106 I advised having got a Citizen of The United States out of a Portuguese Ship Prize to an Algerine Frigate. Nicholas Owings of Baltimore, late Mate of the Brig Friendship of Lynn— James Clements Master.

Yesterday he went on board the United States Brig Vixen Captain Cox, being the first safe opportunity has offerd for him since he has been here.

Hadge Abdecrim Ben Taleb assures me he has advice by land of the Friendship with her Crew and Cargo, having been liberated immediately after their arrival at Algiers. I have the honour to be with sentiments of the highest Respect Sir Your Most Obedient and Most Humble Servant

James Simpson

PS. The only Merchant Vessel of the United States came to this Empire during the year 1805 was the Schooner Andromeda of Boston William Baker Master, arrived at Tangier on the 3d. July from Lisbon with Sir Peter Wyk; from hence she went to Mogadore and loaded Oil for the Canaries.

DNA: RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, Tangiers.

Index Entries