§ From Stephen Cathalan, Jr.
8 April 1801, Marseilles Forwards two packets of dispatches from U.S. consul at Tunis by the Anna Maria of New York. Enclosed statement explains motives that led to opening of one of the packets and precautions taken to keep its contents secret. Has received Cathcart’s 21 Feb. circular letter directing consuls in the Mediterranean to detain all American merchant vessels unless under convoy. Refers to his letter of March 1800 and last of 27 Aug. 1800. Offers congratulations on Jefferson’s election.