Description: Letter from President John Adams to the Senate and House of Representatives regarding ships for the Dey of Algiers and sending a consul to Algiers. Circa 1797-1798.
Description: (Confidential) Gentleman of Senate and the House of Representatives It appears that the Dey of Algiers has manifested a predilection for American built vessels, and in consequence has desired that two vessels might be constructed and equipped as cruisers, "according to the choice and taste of Captain O'Brien". The cost of these two vessels, built with live oak & cedar and coppered, with guns and all other requirements complete, is estimated at about forty five thousand dollars. The cost of navigating them to Algiers may perhaps be compensated by the freight of the stores with which they may be loaded, on account of our treaty stipulation with the Dey. A compliance with the Dey's request appears to me extremely important. He will repay the whole expence of building & equipping the two vessels And as he has advanced the price of our peace with Tripoli and become pledged for that with [?], the United States seem to be under peculiar obligations to provide this accommodation. And I tru