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    James Leander Cathcart
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER XVI. ARRIVAL OF JOEL BARLOW, ESQ. In this state were affairs on the 4th of March, 1796, when Mr. Barlow arrived on board the American brig Sally, Captain March, from Alicant. This is the first American vessel that has arrived since the declaration of independence, those that were captured excepted. The weather was very boisterous and the winds contrary, which prevented the vessel from coming into the mole and obliged her to anchor in the bay at least four miles from the city. Prior to the arrival of Mr. Barlow, the Jews had reported to the Dcy that he was at Marseilles, and had been appointed Consul for the United States at Algiers. This report I endeavored to suppress but the Jews insisted that it was true, for he had the Consular presents with him, which he had purchased at Paris, and read to me the letters they had received from their correspondents. The Dey ordered me to go on board and bring Mr. Barlow on shore. I informed his Excellency that the weather was so bad that a boat would be in danger of being lost: that I would bring him on shore the next day, when I hoped the weather would be more moderate. Accordingly on the 5thI procured a large boat with eight oars, from a Venitian ship that lay in the mole, and brought him on shore completely drenched, as the sea ran very high in the bay. lie landed in the Marine and went into the city immediately to change his apparel. I introduced him to Mr. Donaldson precisely six- months after the signature of our treaty with Algiers, and as soon as I changed my clothes I informed the Dey who asked why I had not informed him that l was going on board for him, that he might have been saluted with five guns as is custom when any of the Consuls of other nations land. I had consulted Mr. Barlow and informed him what the Jews ...  
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