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Agreement between the United States and Muhammad ibn 'Abd Allāh, Sultan of Morocco concerning maritime signals, including circular letter from John Jay to the state governors
United States; Muhammad ibn 'Abd Allāh, Sultan of Morocco, d. 1790
July 1786
Volume 19, Pages 1000-1001

JOHN JAY, SECRETARY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS TO GOV. CASWELL.
[From Executive Letter Book.]


New York Office for Foreign Affairs.

[Circular.]

Sir:

I have the honor of transmitting your Excellency herewith enclosed a copy of the signals agreed upon between the United States and the Emperor of Morroco, by which their respective Vessels are to be known to each other at Sea. The Design, Sir, of sending you this paper is, that such American Masters of Vessels as may make Voyages from your State, in the course of which they may expect to meet with Cruisers from Morocco, may be supplied with Copies.

I have the honor to be with great
Respect, Your Excellency’s,
Most Obedt. & Humble Servt.,
JOHN JAY.

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SIGNALS AGREED UPON BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE EMPEROR OF MOROCCO.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

The following Signals are agreed upon between Commodore Ruis Farache on the part of his Majesty the Emperor of Morocco, and the Honorable Thomas Barclay, Esq., agent for the United States of America on their part, to the end that the Vessels of both parties may be known to each other at Sea.

For Vessels two or of three Masts:

In the Day, a blue Pendant is to be hoisted on end of the Main yard, & in the Night a Lantern is to be hoisted & on the same place.

For Vessels of one Mast only:

In the day, a blue pendant is to be hoisted at the mast head, and in the night a lantern is to be hoisted on the Ensign Staff.

Done at Morocco the ninth day of the Month of Ramadan in the year one thousand two hundred.

RAIS FARACHE,
THOS. BARCLAY.