From Thomas Appleton
Paris, 12 Dec. 1790. From late arrangements made relative to the manufactory at Rouen, his residence there in future will be unnecessary. He requests TJ’s support in his application as consul at Lisbon. “The great commerce which exists between the United States and Portugal has Decided my establishment there (if the appointment can be obtained). The position Appears the most eligible and the extent of the commercial intercourse, wou’d I imagine make an appointment as Necessary as at any part of Europe‥‥ My father will pursue the form that might be requisite. Hoping for your unfailing influence in this Affair I shall wait your Excellency’s reply.”
RC (DLC: Applications for Office under Washington); endorsed by TJ as received 21 June 1791 and so recorded in SJL.