|Gentlemen||Madrid 13th. April 1786|
I forward the inclosed Letter from Mr. Lamb for your Excellencies Information: That Gentleman has also written to me, But as I suppose he has given Mr. Jefferson a more ample & satisfactory Detail of the State of his Negotiation than I can comprehend from his Letter to me, I do not think it necessary to forward a Copy of it. Mr. Barclay to whom I have communicated all the Intelligence I have recieved on this Subject will write your Excellencies more explicitly than my Situation permits me to do. I cannot however refrain from remarking that either Congress must adopt other Methods than the present to make Peace or instantly determine to protect their Trade with the Southern Parts of Europe by a maritime Force.
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