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to Tobias Lear re: "sad situation" and appeal for aid [in French]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02794.061 Author/Creator: Place Written: Algiers, Algeria Type: Letter signed Date: 1804/03/13 Pagination: 3 p. + docket 28.3 x 18.5 cm

Summary of Content: Signed by various Portuguese officers: Ignacio Ser Cinto, Antonio [illegible], Dioge Ramireo Esquivel, Joao Jose Frz de Andrade, Joao dos Santos, Paulo Freire de Andrade, Joao Alfonso Veto, Jose Bernardo de Hacerda, Fr Bernardo Borges do Valle, Joaquim Jose de Castro Queden, Jose Mis [?] Romano, Manolchy Pirara [?]. Lear writes in the docket: "From The Portugese Officers. Captives in Algiers, begging the interference of the Consuls to have them released from Labour."

Full Transcript: Sir,
The Marine Officers of Royal Portugal slaves of this Regent sees it self twenty-one days in the lamentable state, of make major changes, and stone peasantry at the shoulders ...of a carrier of a fortune underline of two miles, and doing at some days a way of eighteen miles without this Regent see a month of humanity to permit at what is found to be curing. In the mean while this letter finds itself while waiting for the Algerian slaves, at Lisbon that are in this Regency that were actually strong [maturates?]: But, because there has been couple of months that the Neapolitans Captain of Marchlands also a slave by an effect similar letters stating that we are only suffering for couple of days or for good amount time, and it was delivered later by the Commission General of the Republic of France that invited and agreed his protection, and to be responsible and alleviation of the said slaves of Naples, if this continues in the written letter. The Undersigned Regent Prince Officers of Portuguese suffers, which, overcomes there existence which supplies money from the United States of America, the allies of Portugal, whom are waiting for an old response at this Regency of the underlined, and of the said slaves, and consequently the books, afterwards were available to over whelmed with favor. The underlined were all presented at the Agent to the National Army, and the allies of their sad situation, where they are located, and demanded their protection in the insurance that imitated the General Commissioner of France to provide a way to capture the Neapolitans Captain then able to escape to save his life, and then gain alleviation of a similar disgrace asked desiring a prompt response so he can have the honor to give back as his Prince, equally to the Sovereign Agents in which the must present at the presentation; because one other cruel tyranny requires a prompt decision

We are with the most consideration
Your most humble Servants
General of the Consul
Of the United States
of America.
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