James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Appleton, 7 December 1802 (Abstract)

§ From Thomas Appleton

7 December 1802, Leghorn. Transmits several letters he was asked to forward. Four American seamen captured in the Franklin arrived “a few days since.” He provided them with clothing and put them on board the Syren and Little Robert, both bound for Philadelphia. The number of Tripolitan corsairs out, coupled with the lack of fear of American captains, have “increased my apprehensions for their safety.” The enclosed copy of a letter “lately received” from Eaton “will sufficiently shew the new dangers to which our Commerce is now exposed.”1 On 3 Nov. Commodore Morris and Cathcart left Leghorn “in the Constitution [Chesapeake] … bound for Malta and off Tripoli.” A ship arrived “last evening” from Alexandria with a report that the British had driven the Turks from Alexandria and Damietta. The brig for Philadelphia departs within an hour, which prevents him from giving JM particulars. Has received and forwarded consular commissions for Barnes at Sicily, Pulis at Malta, and Riggin at Trieste. Will not trespass on JM’s time with copies of his former letters on the subject of the naval agency in the Mediterranean,2 “presuming it has been sufficiently enlarg’d upon by other Consuls who are equally interes⟨ted⟩ in this event.”

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