Mount Vernon 5th Augt 1796
With much pleasure did I receive the information, contained in your letter of the 30th Ulto, of the ratification of the Treaty with Spain, by the Government of that Country. The unwelcome news of the Plague being at Algiers, is an Alloy thereto; but we must trust that Providence will prevent our unhappy fellow-citizens at that place from suffering by that malady. Much is it to be regretted that so many untoward accidents should have prevented the redemption money from getting to that Regency before this event took place; but as there has been no want of exertion in the government to accomplish this; no blame attaches itself, whatever may happen.
MHi: Timothy Pickering Papers.