Mohammed III of Morocco
to George Washington
In the name of God, the merciful.
There exists strength and power only by God.
From the Servant of God, Mohammed Ibn Abd Allah may God help him, to the President of the United States of America. Salvation be upon him who follows the Righteous Path.
We received your letter in which you propose a peace treaty. (We are informing you that) our intention is also to maintain peaceful relations with you. We have also contacted Tunis and Tripoli regarding what you solicited from Our Majesty[i] and all requests will materialize, God willing.
Written on the 15 Dhu al-Qa’dah 1202.[ii]
[i] Washington had asked the Sultan to intercede with authorities in Tunis and Tripoli to obtain the right of free navigation for American ships in the Mediterranean.
[ii] This is equivalent to the 17th of August 1788 in the Gregorian calendar.