James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Martin Baker, 18 May 1806

Consulate of the United States of America, Palma 18 of May 1806


I beg leave to communicate, that on the 15th: instant: anchored in this Bay a Tunisian Division, of five Square rigged Vessels. The one a frigate, mounting 38: Guns, the other four of Zebeque Hulk: One of 38. Guns, Two of 36: Guns each, and one of 16: Guns, each of them, full of Men

The Report given in, to this Captain-General, is, that they sailed from Tunis, on the 15th. April last, on a Cruize, in quest of Portugueze.

That they were in want of Wood, and Water: of which they are now receiving a Supply.

Officially uninformed, as to ou⟨r⟩ actual situation, with the Regency of Tunis, I have considered pruden⟨t⟩ and have passed the above informat⟨ion⟩ per packet of this day, to the Charg⟨é⟩ D’Affaires of the United States of A⟨mer⟩ica at Madrid: and to the Unite⟨d States⟩ Consuls, at Barcelona, Alicant⟨e⟩, Malaga, and Gibraltar, to the ⟨   ⟩ of our public Good &c I have the Honor to be With Great Respect Sir, Your Most Obedient humble S⟨ervant⟩

John Martin Baker

I beg leave to remark, that by every information in my power to obtain I understand they have No hostile intentions towards our flag.

DNA: RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, Port Mahon.

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