From James Leander Cathcart, 9 May 1802
Leghorn May 9th. 1802
Since my last I have not heard from Barbary but think it probable that Mr: Eaton has agreed with Ciddi Hamed to remain at Malta untill the arrival of our Squadron & instructions from the President, otherwise what should induce him to enter that Port where he had reason to suppose some of our vessels of War were stationed.
The Tioga arrived here from Baltimore in 60 days on the 7th. inst. & brought us the first information of the arrival of the Schooner Enterprize with dispatches at Gibraltar, & being inform’d there of the return of Comodore Dale proceeded immediately in quest of the Boston who I presume is off Tripoli, but this is only conjecture as I have not been favor’d with a line from Captn. McNiel since his arrival in the mediterranean. The enclosed will furnish you with all the information I am at prest. master of. I am Sir with respectfull esteem, Yr. most Obnt. Hble Servt.
James Lear. Cathcart