James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Eaton, 15 July 1801 (Abstract)

§ From William Eaton

15 July 1801, Tunis. Gives account of his audience with bey where he protested the insult American consul Cathcart received during his voyage from Algiers to Leghorn. Bey rejected the protest, insisting Cathcart was a troublemaker, but the next day bey became conciliatory. Encloses letter of protest to bey. All is tranquil for the moment. Believes he has new evidence that the Algerine intriguers Baccri and Busnach “were the sole cause of sending the Washington to Constantinople.” An informant assures Eaton that these scoundrels “Gain’d four hundred per Cent on the Washington’s Cargo.”

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