Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Appleton, 1 October 1802

From John Appleton

Calais October 1. 1802


I take the liberty of sending you a variety of Specimens of Printing, from a celebrated Artist in Paris. He has been rewarded by a Medal from the first Consul & requested me to say, He shall be highly gratified, if these Specimens, will place Him in your estimation, in the list of Artists of Merit.—

I shall be happy Sir if they are acceptable to you & hope they may stimulate our own Artists to an imitation—

I have the Honour to be respectfully Your Obedt. Servant

John Appleton
Coml. Agent. Calais

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson President of the United States of America”; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Feb. 1803 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures not identified.

John Appleton (1758–1829) was the son of Boston merchant Nathaniel Appleton and the brother of Thomas Appleton, the American consul at Leghorn. He went to Europe in 1780 and became acquainted with several influential Americans, including TJ, who remembered Appleton as “young, handsome and devoted to pleasant pursuits.” Establishing himself in business in France, Appleton became the American commercial agent at Calais in 1802. He resigned his post in 1807 and returned to Massachusetts, where he sought unsuccessfully an appointment as navy agent at Boston (Isaac Appleton Jewett, Memorial of Samuel Appleton, of Ipswich, Massachusetts [Boston, 1850], 36; L. H. Butterfield and others, eds., Adams Family Correspondence, 9 vols. to date [Cambridge, Mass., 1963– ], 3:390n; Madison, Papers, Pres. Ser. description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, J. C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962–, 33 vols. Sec. of State Ser., 1986–, 9 vols.; Pres. Ser., 1984–, 6 vols.; Ret. Ser., 2009–, 1 vol. description ends , 6:4; Vol. 33:678; Vol. 36:488; Appleton to TJ, 10 Aug. 1807, recorded in SJL as received 19 Aug. and “to be Navy Agent Boston,” but not found; TJ to Robert Smith, 20 Aug. 1807).

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