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Hoggia, Jusuf (fl. 1805) to Tobias Lear re: modifications to a treaty between Tunis and U.S.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02794.097 Author/Creator: Hoggia, Jusuf (fl. 1805) Place Written: Tunis Type: Manuscript document Date: 1805/08/31 Pagination: 2 p. 20 x 8 cm

Summary of Content: Translation copy in a clerk's hand. Informs Lear that the Bashaw of Tunis wishes to postpone modifications to the treaty pending the return of his ambassadors with ratification of the treaty by President Jefferson. The Bashaw does agree to stop charging American merchants any extra duty on goods brought to Tunis. A note in a later hand: "Translation."

Full Transcript: Jussuf Hoggia Guard of the Seals, and Prime Minister of His Excellency the Bashaw Bey of Tunis.

To Mr. Tobias Lear Consul General of the U. States of America near ...the Regency of Algiers &c.


In reply of your letter written me the 22d of the Expiring Month of August, I have the pleasure to tell you, that having taken into consideration the contents of the same, pointing on the demanded, modification or entire change of four Articles of the Treaty of Peace existing between our Regency and the U. States of America, I have given of all an exact account to His Excellency the Bashaw Bey my noble Master and after mature reflections, the same orders me to tell you, that regarding the Article of the Custom houses he promises hereafter & 'till the return of the Ambassador Sidi Soleman Malemelli from America not to Subdue nor make American Subjects such as will come here to traffic in this interval pay any duty more than what other Nations the most favored pay here, and likewise he will not make use of American Vessels that at times might be wanted, in only [2] treating them, how are treated in similar circumstances the Vessels of the most favor'd Nations.

In regard to the Salute to be given from these fortresses to the Ships of War of the United States, that at times might come, and regarding to the Flight of the Slaves on board of the said, His Excellence understands leaving [sic] these Articles subsist in the same manner & force of the said Treaty, and not to alter them untill the return of the ambassador with the Ratification of the President and with such additions or modifications that the same will have done to the said Treaty in agreement with the above mentioned President.
Of this much I am eager to let you know, & at the same time reverence you distinctly I declare myself with the most distinct esteem

Of you Sir
Affectionate friend
Jussuf Hoggia

From the Bando of Tunis
the 31st August 1805
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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 WarsAfricaPiratesPresidentPresidentMerchants and TradeCommerceTreaty

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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