James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Stephen Cathalan Jr., 27 July 1804 (Abstract)

§ From Stephen Cathalan Jr.

27 July 1804, Marseilles. “Since writing you the inclosed of this day, I have received the enclosed Dispatch from Mr. Geo: Davis, at Tunis for you;1 it reached me by a Danish Fregate of War, which is anchored in this road to perform quarantine and repair her Riggins and Sails.

“By that same opportunity, one of my friends has received a Letter from Mr. Beaussier, the french Chargé D’Affairs at Tripoly, dated in the last days of June ulto.; mentioning that Mr. Richd. Obrian had been at Tripoly to offer dollars 40,000, for the ransom of the Crew of the Philadelphia, but nothing else for a peace; as the Bashaw would not agree, he went on board of the U. S. Ships Cruising off; He did not See there Mr. Beaussier, but on his leaving Tripoly he Sent him a Letter he had for him; Commodore Preble was blockading that Coast very Closely.” Adds in a postscript: “I beg you to deliver or forward the enclosed to the honble. President.”2

RC (DNA: RG 59, CD, Marseilles, vol. 2). 2 pp.

1This was probably George Davis to JM, 10 July 1804.

2Cathalan’s letter to Jefferson of this date has not been found but is referred to in Cathalan to Jefferson, 3 Aug. 1804 (DLC: Jefferson Papers).

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