Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) to Edward Wyer re: instructions for dispatches to ambassadors in Spain
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Written as Secretary of State. Prelude to the Monroe Doctrine (12/2/1823). Dispatches were for Forsyth (Spain) and Shaler (Algiers). Spain was considering Latin America intervention. Partial transcript in seller's description.
To Edward Wyer, esqu,
Department of State,
Wahington, 2 January 1823
you are to embark by the earliest opportunity that you can procure for Gilbralter or some other port in Spain, or Lisbon, and proceed with all possible speed to Medrid; cohere you will deliver to Mr. Forsyth the dispatches here with committed to you you will as certain, upon you arrival at Madrid, whether Mr. Shaler, our Consul General in Barbay, has returned to Algiers, and whether the ordinary of the United States and pacific relations with that Regency have been fully restored- Should it be otherwise, and the difficulty which arose during Mr. Shaler's absence be still subsisting, you will proceed immediately, with to almost expedition, to the place where you may expect to find Mr. Shaler, and deliver to him the despatch addressed to him,
herewith delivered to you--- If you should be informed that he has returned to Algiers, and has returned to Algiers, and has resumed his Consular functions there, you will, without proceeding thither, yourself, forward the despatch to him, either by the way of Gibralter, or otherwise, as you may judge to be expedient, with a view to its safe conveyance that he may receive it without unnecessary delay.
Should there be no necessity for your proceeding to Mr. Shaler, you will return to the United States with any despatches which may be entrusted to you by Mr. Foresyth - And if go to Mr. Shaler, you will immediately return to the United States, with the answe to the despatch which you will delives to him you are to proceed in the most discreet as well as expeditions manners, making no unnecessary communication of your destination ot its object, through without any obtonsiblw mystery which might excite suspicious, even in the effect avoid them.
your allowance will be for the voyage out and two home two hundred and thirty three dollars, each,- your actual expenses of traveling from this place to the Port of your embarkatin, - from the place of your landing in Europr to Madrid, and [illegible] to the placew of embarkation, on your return, - with an addition compensation of six dollars a day from your leaving this place till your return- you will keep a particular account of your expenses, and take such vouvhers of them as are usual, and may be necessary for the settlement of your account-- One thousand [insert] five hundred dollars of this Allowance are firnished you in advance, for which you will be required to account.
I am with much Respect, Sir, your very humble and obdt servt John Quincy Adams
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