James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Stephen Cathalan, Jr., 9 June 1803 (Abstract)

§ From Stephen Cathalan, Jr.

9 June 1803, Marseilles. Last wrote on 27 May by way of Cette, enclosing a letter for the president and a packet from the U.S. consul at Tunis. This letter is carried by Benjamin Mumford, who returns to New York, and concerns the forgery of American ship’s papers that took place in Barcelona “about two years ago.” Was first informed of it by William Willis’s letter of 13 Oct. 1802, of which he encloses a copy.1 One month later Charles Pinckney passed through Marseilles and showed him a set of the forged papers; no such papers have appeared in Marseilles. Informs JM that Capt. Thomas Lewis and William Baker made affidavits to him under oath on 8 and 15 Apr. and 6 June;2 he is sending one set of these documents, which “are of a very Serious nature,” to Robert R. Livingston to pass on to JM;3 copies will go also to Pinckney and Willis.

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