From Jeremiah Van Rensselaer
Albany 3d June 1802
My perticular frend Elkanah Watson who has resided in this City about thirteen years, expressing a wish to recomend to your Notice Mr. Simon Lynch, merchant of Nantes in France as American Consul in that City—Permit me Sr. to recomend Mr. Watson to your Attention—during several years of our Revolutinary war he was at the head of a Respectable House in Nantes; from his Standing in Society, his long experience in buiseness, and his Attatchment to the principles of our Revolution; such representations as he may Make on the Subject of Mr. Lynch, I am perswaded will be found entitled to the Confidence of Goverment.
I am Respectfully sr. your Most Obt. Huml sert
Jer V Rensselaer
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson. Esqr. President. United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 10 June “in favr. of Watson who recommends Lynch as Consul at Nantes” and so recorded in SJL.
Jeremiah Van Rensselaer (1738–1810), the president of the Bank of Albany, had served in the U.S. House of Representatives in the First Congress and was a former member of the New York legislature. He was the state’s lieutenant governor from 1801 to 1804 (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ).