From George Meade
[. . .] 7th. January 1802. [i.e. 1803]
I beg [. . .] request You would Give me an appointment, [if it could?] be, for this City, it would be more agreeable: if not, for Alexandria, Baltimore, New York, or Boston, tho’ I own to You I would prefer this place, where I have always lived. from our long acquaintance, I take the liberty of addressing You freely.
Commissioners are going to Madrid one is not Yet appointed (as I am Informd) I wish You would give it to my Son, Richard W. Meade, he is a Master of the French language, & understands a little of the Spanish, & would You may rely on it (tho’ my Son) do your appointment honor.
I wish You the Compliments of the Season, & many happy returns there of. I request You would be so obliging as to favor me with [. . .] You, I am with great Respect, & Reg[ard]
[. . .] & most Obedt. hble Servt.
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); damaged; at foot of text: “President, United States, City of Washington”; endorsed by TJ as received 9 Jan. and so recorded in SJL with notation “Philada.”; also endorsed by TJ: “office” and “[. . .] a commr. to Spain.”
this city: Philadelphia.
our long acquaintance: Meade, a Federalist, began corresponding with TJ in December 1791, when both were in Philadelphia (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, New York and Oxford, 1999, 24 vols. description ends ; Vol. 23:63).