From Philip Mark
New York, 2 May 1793. As a citizen and longtime resident of New York soon to return to his native Germany, he offers himself as a consul with the intention of aiding German families there and in America because “some known Organ of communication between the two Countries” is needed on account of the extensive emigration from the Rhine region to the United States. Such an appointment would serve to assist people in remitting property to those presently settled in America and to foster future emigration, but he also wishes to promote the trade already underway between the United States and several cities on the Rhine. He hopes the letter from “Messr. Murray, Sands, Bache, W. Laight and Verplank” will aid his claim, and Senator Rufus King assures him that he will promote the application. Through TJ he asks the President to appoint him consul at Nürnberg in Franconia, Frankfurt am Main, or the Palatine Electorate including the bishopric of Franconia, the countries from which most of the immigrants have come, but an appointment comprehending all these jurisdictions would enable him to be more useful.
RC (DLC: Washington Papers, Applications for Office); 2 p.; at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Secretary of State.”
Mark was a principal in the mercantile firm of Jacob and Philip Mark located at 241 Queen Street, New York City (Syrett, Hamilton description begins Harold C. Syrett and others, eds., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, New York, 1961–87, 27 vols. description ends , xvii, 438n; William Duncan, The New-York Directory, and Register, for the Year 1792 [New York, 1792], 89). Neither the supporting letter mentioned by Mark, nor the letters from him of 12 May 1793 and from Rufus King of 17 July 1793, both recorded in SJL as received 25 July 1793 in support of Mark’s consular aspirations, have been found. The New York merchant John Murray also backed Mark’s appointment in a letter to Alexander Hamilton of 3 May 1793 (Syrett, Hamilton description begins Harold C. Syrett and others, eds., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, New York, 1961–87, 27 vols. description ends , xiv, 410–11). Mark did not receive the post he sought at this time, but was nominated consul at Franconia on 28 May 1794 and confirmed the next 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, 157–8).