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Bassa, Hamuda (fl. 1803-1807) to Tobias Lear: acknowledging receipt of letters, recognizes Lear's authority

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02794.081 Author/Creator: Bassa, Hamuda (fl. 1803-1807) Place Written: Tunis Type: Manuscript document Date: 1805/08/07 Pagination: 1 p. 19.7 x 8 cm

Summary of Content: Manuscript copy of letter in a clerk's hand. The Bey of Tunis writes: "as you are authorized by the President I am entirely disposed to hear from you an explanation of your wishes . . . ."

Full Transcript: The Bashaw Bey of Tunis, the City well guarded the Residence of the Felicity.-
To Mr. Tobias Lear, Consul general of the U States of America, attached to the ...Regency of Algiers, & at present on board the frigate Constitution, in the roads of Goletta.-
At this moment I receiv'd your second letter, of the day before yesterday, which was sent to me by a Captain of a frigate of your nation, who said he had commission to speak with me, by orders of your Commodore, but I did not see him.-
Hearing now that the above mentioned Captain in Company with the messinger [sic] George Davis, has departed this morning to go on board; I send you direct by the had of Davis my answer, & I include you a Copy of what I wrote to you the day before yesterday repeating again as you are authorized by the President I am entirely disposed to hear from you an explanation of your wishes, and in consequence I expect you with pleasure, I repeat I wish to speak with you;-
Be so good make my compliments to Commodore Rodgers & inform him that I also wrote to him the day before yesterday, & have no doubt but that the Messinger [sic] has consigned to him my answer.-

I Salute you & I wish you all good
/Sign'd/ Hamuda Bassaw Bey

Dal Bardo di Tunis
7th Augt. 1805. 9 O'Clk AM

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Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: USS Constitution (Old Ironsides)DiplomacyGovernment and CivicsGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyBarbary CoastBarbary PiratesBarbary WarsAfricaPiratesPresident

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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