James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Leander Cathcart, 5 March 1802 (Abstract)

§ From James Leander Cathcart

5 March 1802, Leghorn. No. 3. States that “during Mr. Eaton’s delay at Leghorn he inform’d me that no consideration on earth could have sufficient weight to induce him to remain in Barbary a moment after our affairs were terminated with Tripoli…. I therefore request that I may be removed from Tripoli to Tunis as I presume I have a prior right to that appointment to any person in the United States in consequence of having already negotiated the alteration in our Treaty with that Regency in 1799.” Promises to remain in Tripoli “after our affairs are permanently settled until the will of the President is known relative to the change.” Requests JM’s recommendation for the post, “for altho the Salary is the same at Tunis that it is at Tripoli the society of the former is much better & more extensive which renders the change very desirable to a Man who has a young family to educate.” Should his request be granted, pledges that “no degrading concession shall ever be made” by him.

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