§ From John Mathieu
2 September 1801, Naples. Refers to his 10 July dispatch,1 which enclosed semiannual shipping statement. Acknowledges JM’s letter of 21 May. Complains that, contrary to his instructions and U.S. laws, captains Ramsdell and Davis of Philadelphia left sailors on shore. He has had to send them to Leghorn by land to be embarked; encloses account of their expenses totaling $115.59. Has never applied for expenses during five years of consular service but does so now to hinder captains from arbitrary and illegal actions.