Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Meade, 24 January 1792

From George Meade

Philadelphia January 24th. 1792


Agreeably to the Conversation I had the honor of having with You I take the liberty of addressing You on the Subject. Mr. Benjamin Hamnell Phillips, who is a Subject of the United States, and has been some time at Curacoa; he is now preparing to return thence, by way of New York if our Navigation should remain much longer shut up. A Considerable Trade is carried on from America to that Island; Mr. Phillips thinks as well as myself that his being appointed Consul at Curacoa would be Serviceable to the Trade of this Country and useful to him. I have known him for several Years and can say I have the highest opinion of his honor and Integrity, and am sure he would fill the office (should he be apointed) with Credit to the United States and Reputation to himself. A Vessell having lately arrived from Surinam, may perhaps put it in Your power to determine on this appointment which I should wish to know, and have the honor to be very Respectfully Sir Your devoted & most Obedt. Servt.,

Geo. Meade

RC (DLC: Washington Papers); endorsed by TJ as received 24 Jan. 1792 and so recorded in SJL; TJ also noted above endorsement: “Phillips to be consul for Curaçoa.”

Washington nominated Benjamin Hamnell Phillips to be consul at Curaçao on 19 Feb. 1793, and the Senate approved the nomination the following day (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828 description ends , i, 130, 131). George Meade was a wealthy merchant in Philadelphia, who had written a letter to TJ on 20 Dec. 1791, recorded in SJL as received on that date, but not found.

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