Thomas Jefferson Papers

Enclosure: John Quincy Adams’s Report to Congress on James Leander Cathcart, 14 December 1819, enclosure no. 5 in James Leander Cathcart to Thomas Jefferson, 27 August 1821



John Quincy Adams’s Report to Congress on James Leander Cathcart

Mr Cathcart having been included among the prisoners ransom’d by the United States, at the conclusion of the first treaty with Algiers, it is not perceived, upon what just principle his claim can be supported to be paid by them for his ransom;1 it ought however in justice to Mr Cathcart, to be added, that if long, faithful, & important services, acknowledged by every successive administration of the government of the United States; if the most active years of life devoted to the public service, & if circumstances reduced by the scantiness of compensation, annexed to all the subordinate consulates on the Barbary coast can entitle his claims to the liberal indulgence of the legislature, they cannot be too strongly recommended to their favorable consideration—

All which is respectfully submited

(signd) John Quincy Adams

Tr (DLC: TJ Papers, 215:38446–7); entirely in Cathcart’s hand and subjoined to covering letter and preceding enclosures, with Cathcart’s postscript to covering letter conjoined; note by Cathcart between preceding enclosure and this one: “Since the duties of the aforesaid Agency were concluded, I have not been employ’d in public service, those duties were perform’d to the satisfaction, & met the approbation of the Department to which I was accountable, and as a further proof of the opinion which the present administration entertains of my former services, permit me to add, an extract from the Secretary of States Report to Congress of the 14th of Decr 1819 Viz.” Tr (DLC: Madison Papers); in an unidentified hand. Tr (MHi: Adams Papers); in an unidentified hand. Tr (MiEM: Charles William Cathcart Papers); in an unidentified hand.

Adams’s report was submitted to the United States House of Representatives on 15 Dec. 1819 and referred along with Cathcart’s petition to the Committee of Claims (JHR description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States description ends , 13:45).

1MHi and MiEM Trs begin here.

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  • Adams, John Quincy; as secretary of state search
  • Adams, John Quincy; Report to Congress on James Leander Cathcart search
  • Algiers; American captives at search
  • Cathcart, James Leander; recommendations of search
  • House of Representatives, U.S.; petitions to search
  • House of Representatives, U.S.; reports to search