Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Hammond, 8 September 1793

From George Hammond

Philadelphia 8 September 1793


I have the honor to inform you that I have received the inclosed copy of Mr. Shoolbred’s commission, as his Majestys Vice-Consul for the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, which he has forwarded under a presumption that a copy would be competent to the purpose of obtaining the recognition of the President of the United States.

The particular cases of exigency, which have lately arisen, and of which some actually exist in Charleston, require the immediate exertion of Mr. Shoolbred’s official duties; and as a considerable time must necessarily elapse before the original commission could be thence obtained, I flatter myself, Sir you will be pleased upon this occasion to dispense with its production, and interpose your good offices for obtaining a speedy recognition of Mr. Shoolbred’s appointment under the inclosed copy of his commission to which I am ready to add any authenticity that my official situation can enable me to give it. I will also procure from Mr. Shoolbred the original commission, which can at any future period be substituted in the place of the Copy. I have the honor to be, with sentiments of great respect, Sir, your most obedient, humble Servant,

Geo. Hammond

RC (DNA: RG 59, NL); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 9 Sep. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Tr (Lb in same). Enclosure: James Shoolbred’s commission from George Miller as British vice-consul in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, 17 June 1793 (Trs in same and in Lb in same).

Owing to the need to examine Shoolbred’s original commission, the President did not sign his exequatur until 8 Feb. 1794, but in the meantime he was allowed to exercise his consular functions (TJ to Hammond, 10 Sep. 1793; Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 283).

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