From James Leander Cathcart, 4 February 1802
Leghorn Feby. 4th. 1802
This day I have taken the liberty to draw upon you in favor of John Shaw Esqr. Commander of the United States Ship Washington for the sum of four hundred & fifty three dollars nine cents payable upon sight, which sum you will please to pay & place it to my acct. until final settlement & by so doing you will very much oblige Sir Yr: very hble Servt.
James Lear. Cathcart
Pt. St. Nothing has taken place since my last communication worth relating. I am waiting with the same anxiety & impatience that a Mussulman awaits the prostrations of a pusillanimous christian chief, or that an Algerine Jew awaits the arrival of a Barbary Consul congenial to his views, for instructions from the President, pray the immortal inspirer of all good things that the may be such as future ages may read in the annals of our country without a blush, & that the operations which will take place in consequence of them may cause our childrens children to rejoice.