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To James Madison from Stephen Cathalan, Jr., 6 September 1802 (Abstract)

§ From Stephen Cathalan, Jr.

6 September 1802, Marseilles. Notes that he last wrote to JM on 13 Aug. via Bordeaux. On 15 Aug. he wrote to Capt. Andrew Morris by his “particular Friend” Citizen Beaussier, the French commissary at Tripoli, who sailed for Tripoli 16 Aug., and he charged Beaussier with supplying clothes and provisions to Morris and his crew if other arrangements had not been made. Encloses copies of two letters from Morris, dated 22 and 30 July at Tripoli.1 Transmits two packets of dispatches for JM from William Eaton, which were received with letters dated 8 and 9 Aug. from Eaton to Cathalan. Has forwarded letters from Captain Murray of the Constellation to the secretary of the navy by way of William Lee at Bordeaux; “this will reach you by the Same way for want of opportunities direct from this port.” Encloses copies of the correspondence between himself and W. Y. Purviance and related letters on the subject of the latter’s appointment as U.S. naval agent for the Mediterranean.2 Cites letters from JM and from Mackenzie and Glennie of London, “both ordering me to assist and Supply the american Squadron when it Should or any of their Ships of War appear on this Coast,” and declares that he will continue to offer his services. “It will be [up] to them to accept of my offers or to Apply to Mr. Purviance’s Agents here; in this last Case I will, However give every aid and Assistance to them.” Does not believe he deserved such a “Severe Letter” from Purviance. Asks JM to transmit the entire correspondence to the secretary of the navy after reading it. “You will Judge in this affair and determine with him what is the most Convenient for the interest … of the United States; observing, I doubt not, how it would be unconvenient for the agents in Marseilles, Toulon, Cartagena, Malaga Gibraltar &ca. to Correspond and act under the agency of the navy Situated into Leghorn for Such Supplies; while Leghorn is well Situated to do it with Naples, Palerma, Syracusa, even Malta &ca. which it appears are the ports which the Secretary of the Navy has pointed by his orders to Messrs. DeButts & Purviance.”

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