Boston Augt. 21st. 1806
The annext copy of my letter to Mr. Smith of this date will inform you of our exact position. as I presume you are absent from the seat of Government I have profer’d this mode of communication in order to insure an answer from superior authority as soon as possible. I hope you will excuse my not addressing my letters dirict to you as I ought to do as it would take up so much time that I should loose the opportunity of this evenings post if I attempted it. requesting the favor of an answer as soon as possible I have the honor to remain with respectful esteem Sir Yr. obt. Servt.
James Leander Cathcart
DNA: RG 59--CD--Consular Despatches, Tunis.