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Cathcart, James Leander
Autograph Letter, Signed, from James Leander Cathcart, the American Consul at Tripoli, to William Eaton, the American Consul At Tunis, Arranging a Business Deal for European and North African Goods
Tripoli, 1799. [3]pp. of manuscript text on a folded folio sheet. With a brief note on the address page that appears to be in Arabic. 4to. This letter unites two American consuls to the Barbary states in a proposed business venture involving various goods. Both James Leander Cathcart and William Eaton had been appointed as consuls by President John Adams. In this letter Cathcart proposes a joint business venture to Eaton (likely one of many between the two men), involving cloth, sugar, spices, wine, brandy, and other goods. The letter discusses the role of Jewish merchants in the trade of the region and the rigid control exercised by local potentates, and demonstrates the actions of American consuls in Barbary to engage in business in order to supplement their incomes. James Cathcart and William Eaton were two of the central figures in American diplomacy toward the Barbary States. Cathcart (1767-1843) led a fascinating life. He was born in Ireland, came to the United States as a child, served on an American privateer at age twelve, and was imprisoned by the British. After the Revolution he was captured by Barbary pirates while working on a merchant ship, and was held as a slave in Algiers for eleven years. Cathcart eventually learned Arabic, became a clerk to the Dey of Algiers, and was freed from his slavery by the United States treaty with Algiers of 1796. In 1798 John Adams appointed him U.S. Consul to Tripoli. William Eaton (1764-1811) had the most notorious career of any American involved with the Barbary states. He gained some military fame in the 1790s as an aid to G … [Click Below for Full Description]
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