§ From John Baptiste Sartori
1 June 1801, Philadelphia. Explains that private business has required his return to the U.S. Before his departure, he appointed his father vice-consul in Rome and Stefano Desplas vice-consul at Civitavecchia, “the principal Port in the Roman Territory.” Requests that his absence be excused. Has today received a letter from Desplas of 10 Mar. reporting Tripoli’s threat of a declaration of war if “Customary Tribute” had not arrived by 15 Apr. Encloses a list of American vessels entering Civitavecchia in 1800.