Copied from the original in possession of
Mr. Frank Littleton, ,
March 7th Date of orders to build the Argus.
May 19th Recd. orders to command the Constitution.
2nd Recd. orders to command the U. S.
Squadron destined for the
June 25th Completed coppering the ship.
14th Sailed for the
7th Boarded the Moorish frigate Maimona
of 30 guns from Settee bound to
13th arrived [sic] at Gibraltar and
found the U. S. Ship Philadelphia, Captain Bainbridge with a Moorish man of war
of 22 guns his prize and the brig Celia
Sept. 14th The John Adams and Adams, U. States Frigates arrived from the eastward on their way to the U. States.
Sept. 17th Went to Tanger [sic] to demand satisfaction for the insult offered our flag in the capture of the Celia.
19th Sent the
Oct. 6th The Emperor of Morocco with 2500 troops arrived at Tanger.
Oct. 13th Peace re‑established with the Emperor of Morocco and the Treaty of 1786 ratified and confirmed.
15th Returned to
The Frigate [sic]
23d. Sailed for
6th Sailed from
13th Sailed for the coast of
19th Landed Col Lear and family at
24th Spoke the British Frigate Amazon
and received information of the loss of the
Nov. Arrived off
Arrived and anchd. at
30th Mr. Deblois [Purser] died.
12th The Vixen returned with the
dispatches giving an account of the loss of the
The Nautilus sailed with dispatches for
17th Sailed on a cruise off
23d. Captured the Turkish Ketch called Mastico with about 70 Tripolines on board.
A heavy gale of wind from the N.E. in danger of being lost on the coast
12th Sailed in the Vixen for
Jan. 14th Arrived at Malta Saluted the garrison which was returned. Was recd. with politness [sic] by the Navy and Army.
sailed [sic] for
Nautilus arrived from
3d. The Syren [sic] and Intrepid
19th Syren and Intrepid arrived having executed my orders.
2d. sailed [sic] for
6th Three Tunisian Corvettes arrived.
21st Sailed for Tripoly [sic]. Caried [sic] over letters from the French Minister to the French consul [sic] sent to me by Mr. Levingston [sic].
March 27th Sent a Flag with the letters Officer of the Flag saw Capt. Bainbridge.
28th French Consul dined on board off Tripoly.
30th A heavy gale - N.E.
4th Anchd. at
7th Put to sea in a gale from the N.W.
Vixen brought me letters from our Consul at
sailed [sic] for
15th Arrived and anchd. in
17th Commissioned the Scourge. A gale from the westward.
22d. Some difficulty with the Govt. of Syracuse respecting the detention of officers by closing the gates, which was adjusted the next day.
26th Sailed on a cruise
Sent a boat on shore at
2d. Anchd. in
Sent a [boat] on shore at
30th Sailed with 6 gun boats.
4th Saild. 6th anchd. at
9th Sailed from
13th Sent Mr. Obrian on shore at Tripoly under a Flag. He returned same day.
28 Sent 2000 dollars and a quantity of clothing to Capt. B. at Tripoly [sic].
1st Arrived and anchored at
The Nautilus sails for
I sailed for
14th. Saild [sic] for the siege of Tripoly
with 2 bomb vessels 6 gun boats and the Nautilus and
16th. Anchd with the squadron at
21st. Sailed with the squadron.
25th. Arrived in sight of Tripoly.
28th. Anchored the squadron near the batteries when a N. E. gale soon obliged us to go to sea again.
Aug. 3d. Attacked the town and harbour and captured 3 gun boats. Lt. Decatur was killed.
7th. Attacked the batteries. Lost Lt. Caldwell, one Midshipman Mr. Dorsey and several men.
8th. John Adams Capt. Chauncey arrived
11th. Sent a flag on shore to endeavor to exchange prisoners.
26th. Bombarded Tripoly.
28th. Attacked the town and harbour with the whole squadron.
Sept. 3d. A general attack on the town and harbour.
Sent in the Intrepid fire ship.
Lost Capt. Somers Lts.
Gun boats sailed for
10th. Comm. Barron arrived with the President and Constellation and took command.
12th. Captured 2 Greek ships in sight of Tripoly for breach of blockade.
14th Sailed from
28th Took up my quarters on shore and left Capt. Decatur in command of the Constitution. Congress arrived.
29th Joined the John Adams [as a passenger] Capt. Chauncey. [Note: bracketed phrase lined out.]
2d Sailed for
Note: The foregoing was copied from a typescript
made in May 1929 from the original, then in the possession of Mr. Frank