James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Leander Cathcart, 4 February 1802 (Abstract)

§ From James Leander Cathcart

4 February 1802, Leghorn. Has drawn on JM for $453.09 in favor of John Shaw, commander of the George Washington. In postscript states that he has no news worth relating and is awaiting instructions from the president “with the same anxiety & impatience that a Mussulman awaits the prostrations of a pusillanimous christian chief, or that an Algerine Jew awaits the arrival of a Barbary Consul congenial to his views.” Hopes they “may be such as future ages may read in the annals of our country without a blush, & that the operations which will take place in consequence of them may cause our childrens children to rejoice.”

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