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Having had the honour of being in company with Mr. Jefferson some days past I was advised by him to lay the Journals & papers accompanying this letter before your Excellency in order to give you what information lays in my power relative to our negotiation with the Regency of Algiers & likewise as the first Magistrate of a Free & Independent people to claim from your Excellency a redress of...
Pardon the liberty I take, after so great a lapse of time, to obtrude myself on your retirement, but having had the honor to be usher’d into public life by your patronage & that of the immortal Washington, & having received my first Commission from you in 1797 I think that it will not be unpleasing to you that I have not dishonor’d the preference that was given to me, in a time when we were...
James Leander Cathcart prests his respectful compliments to Mr Jefferson & returns him the Arabic manuscript with a literal translation: it is not dated at any particular place, but the Tunisian Ambassador supposes it to have been wrote at Derna & refers you to Mr Eaton for a further elucidation of the facts therein contain’d. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Were it possible to increase the respect, veneration, & esteem which I have cherish’d for you, ever since I have had the honor of your acquaintance in 1796, your very kind and affectionate letter in my behalf would have that effect; it serves to prove that the truely great do not think that they deviate from their dignity by espousing the just cause of an injured officer who has served his...
James Leander Cathcart prests his respts to Mr. Jefferson and begs leave to inform him that he waited upon the Tunisian Ambassador this morning who inform’d him that the letter wrote in Arabic is in the dialect of Egypt some expressions of which he does not perfectly understand: he therefore requested me to leave it with him until the morning & he would endeavor to have it explaind by one of...
Vicissitude marks all human events!! born in the expectation of a genteel competency, and nursed in the lap of luxury and ease, I found myself at an early period of my life wholly disappointed by a train of unfortunate events which prudence could not evade, nor human foresight control, which joined to the liberality of a generous but too improvident father, obliged me to choose the Ocean as a...
In the month of Augt. 1805 I done myself the honor to address you on the subject of future employment, I have ceased to importune you ever since being convinced that it is impossible for every applicant to meet with the encouragement he may expect, & probably no vacancy has offer’d that I could with propriety have applied for until the present moment. The motive of the present application is...
James L. Cathcart presents his respects to Mr. Jefferson & begs leave to inform him that John Woodhouse is the name of the shiper of wine at Marsalla & Thomas Dyson that of our Agent at Syracuse, with the Agent at Palermo Mr. C is unacquainted—As Mr. Jefferson I presume only wants a small quantity for his own use of the very best quality he respectfully recommends him to write to Mr. William...
At the request of M r Cathcart it has fallen to my lot to address you in his behalf, permit me therefore Sir to intrude upon your privacy. This I do Sir with a degree of confidence beleiving that in your retirement the best interests of the United States occupy your highest regards; and that nevertheless you are far from disregarding the interest of an individual private Citizen, much less...
After a lapse of more than fourteen years, permit me most respectfully to enquire, how do you enjoy your health? and to hope that it may be long preserved in as perfect a state as I have ever wish’d it to be in. Vicissitude my good Sir marks all human events! and how many of them have I experienced since I first had the honor of your personal acquaintance in 1796: Then just return’d from a...