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To James Madison from James Leander Cathcart, 6 November 1801

From James Leander Cathcart, 6 November 1801

Dispatch No. 13

Leghorn Novr. 6th. 1801


By the enclosed dispatches—which I recd. yesterday from Mr. Eaton, & the duplicates of those already forwarded government will be inform’d of every transaction which has transpired since my last. I am exceedingly distress’d lest some of the Tripolines puts to sea as Mr. Eaton informs me that the enemys coast is abandon’d by our ships of War & that the whole Squadron has proceeded to Gibraltar I hope ere this that at least one of our Frigates has resumed her Station. Otherwise our security merely depends upon the pusillanimity & want of Enterprize of the enemy we have to cope with. Our fellow citizens trading to this port murmurs much that no protection has been given them since the war commenced as none of our vessels of War have yet made their appearance here. I am awaiting with great impatience to receive instrucions from the President untill which I remain with the greatest respect Sir Yr. most Obnt. Servt.

James Lear. Cathcart

This is forwarded Via Bourdeaux

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