James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Leander Cathcart (Abstract), 2 March 1805

§ From James Leander Cathcart

2 March 1805, New York. “I have the honor to inform you that I arrived in the river on the night of the 27th. inst. & immediately forwarded Comodore Prebles dispatches to the Secretary of the Navy, I would have forwarded you a copy of them had I not been prevented from landing my family by bad weather and the negligence of the Pilot until this afternoon, but as the Comodore has proceeded to the seat of Government I presume you will receive every necessary information from him.1

“I propose remaining here a few days to refresh my family after so boisterous & perilous a passage & will then proceed to the seat of government where I hope to have the honor of paying you my personal respects.

“I congratulate Mr. Jefferson upon his re-election.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, CD, Tripoli, vol. 2). 1 p.

1For Edward Preble’s arrival at New York and then Washington, see Knox, Naval Documents, Barbary Wars, description begins Dudley W. Knox, ed., Naval Documents Related to the United States Wars with the Barbary Powers (6 vols.; Washington, D.C., 1939–44). description ends 5:372, 389.

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