James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Jarvis, 7 April 1807

Lisbon 7th: April 1807


Since my last of the 24th. Ultimo nothing very interesting has reached here regarding European affairs, other than a report which is in circulation to day said to be brought by an English Brig of War via Faro that the Turks had declared War on the English & had fired on Admiral Duckworth as he was passing the Dardanelles but that he had sustained no injury & when the Brig of War left him he was in sight of the Turkish Squadron. Such an event appears to be but a natural consequence of the declaration of War against the Russians. By the last post I received a letter from John Gavino Esqr. and I am happy to give an extract so hig⟨hly⟩ interesting to our Country as the following "I have no acco⟨unt⟩ of what Colo. Lear & Captn. Cam⟨p⟩bell have done at Tunis. The latter has been at Malta & went for Syracuse. By letter from Algier of 22nd Ulto. I am to⟨ld⟩ that Regency is at war with Tunis, had but two frigates ⟨to⟩ the East & their new 44 was ⟨to⟩ go out in 2 days after the abo⟨ve⟩ date. They were preparing X⟨e⟩beques & Gun boats, also shipping Camp stores & getting vessels ready to receive troops, so th⟨at⟩ it seems they mean in the summer some attack on Tunis, this will make the⟨m⟩ keep quiet with us." Whatev⟨er⟩ foundation there may be for the rest of the report, I infer from the conversation which passed between Captn. Campbell ⟨&⟩ myself, that he would not ⟨h⟩ave gone to Syracuse had he ⟨a⟩pprehended any danger; so I conclude that the Bey is pacifickly disposed to⟨w⟩ard us at least for the present. With perfect Respect I have the honor to be Sir Yr. Mo: Ob: Servt

Wm: Jarvis

N. B. By the Schr. Columbia Captn. Cook which sails after to⟨m⟩orrow I shall send a dispatch received by last Mail from Mr Erving. I should have sent it by this had the vessel been ⟨a⟩ good one or a fast sailer

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

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