James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Leander Cathcart, 21 March 1801 (Abstract)

§ From James Leander Cathcart

21 March 1801, Tripoli. No. 5. Encloses accounts of disbursements and accounts current and copy of banker-merchant Leon Farfara’s record of monies paid pasha in lieu of overdue U.S. tribute. Denounces Farfara as “incorrigible” villain but notes that O’Brien trusts him. Relates his financial embarrassments, urges annual stipend of $2,000 for the consular post, and stresses the indignity he must suffer owing to a continual lack of funds. Reports on the primitive state of local medicine. Has paid rent on consular house until May 1804 to prevent further price increase by landlord. Was obliged to give presents to pasha’s children and also spent $200 for “intelligence of the Bashaws real intentions relative to us.” Cannot understand why his diplomatic outfit has not been granted, since by law it is allowed to all ministers and chargés d’affaires.

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