George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Dey Hassan Bashaw, 5 May 1796

Vizer Hassan Bashaw Dey of the City and Regency of Algier unto George Washington President of the United States of America

Algier 5th of May 1796

Health Peace and Prosperity

Whereas Peace and Harmony has been settled between our two Nations, through the Medium of the two Agents of the United States Joseph Donaldson, and Joel Barlow, and as eight Months has elaps’d without one article of their agreement being complied with we have thought it expedient to dispatch James Leader Cathcart formerly our Christian Secretary with a note of such articles as is required in this Regency, likewise with a form of a Mediterranean Passport in order that you may furnish your Consul here with such as fast as possible, for further intelligence I refer you to your Consul resident here and to the said James Leader Cathcart, and I pray what ever they may inform you of to forward our Negotiation may be fully credited and that said Cathcart may be dispatched with such part of the Articles Specified in our Negotiation as are ready with all possible expedition for which purpose we have granted Said Cathcart a Mediterranean Passport for one Year commencing the Date thereof from the first of May in the Year of your Lord one thousand seven Hundred and ninety six.

Done in the Deys Pallace by our Order and Seal’d with the great Seal of this Regency the 26th day of the Luna of Carib in the Year of the Hegira 1210 which corresponds with the 5th of May 1796

Vizer Hassan Bashaw Dey of the City & Regency of Algier

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

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