Thomas Jefferson Papers

David Bailie Warden to Thomas Jefferson, 5 March 1811

From David Bailie Warden

Washington, 5 march, 1811.


I have the pleasure of informing you that the President, on the 2d Instant, was pleased to nominate me as Consul at Paris, and the nomination was confirmed, the following day, by the Unanimous vote of the Senate. I have proposed to embark with mr. Barlow, but am, this day, advised, for several reasons, political, as well as private, to embark on the John Adams, which, the Secretary of the navy informs me, will depart from Newport, near Boston, about ten days from this date, tho’ he is not yet informed whether she be arrived at that Port. I have some business to arrange at Philadelphia & New york, which will detain me a day at each of those places—and, I propose to leave Washington tomorrow— It will afford me great pleasure to take charge of your letters for France, which the President of the united States, or Dr Bullus will forward to me at Newport—

Please to send me a list of any french Books which you may wish to possess. Mrs. Randolph proposed by me1 to a Lady in Paris: and mr. Randolph promised me a sketch of your present mode of agriculture. I wish much to carry with me a Copy of your “manual of parliamentary practice” Accept, Sir, my sincere and grateful thanks for the interest you have been pleased to employ in my success. I will endeavor to be worthy of it by a faithful discharge of the duties of my office, and by an active support of the present administration—I am highly pleased with the character and conduct of the President and sincerely hope that the plan of deviding the Republican party may soon be defeated—

I am, Sir, with the highest esteem and respect your very obliged Sert

D. B. Warden

Please to inform mrs Randolph that it will give me pleasure to send her any articles from Paris, of which she may furnish me the list—

RC (DLC); between signature and postscript: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire”; endorsed by TJ as received 13 Mar. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

James Madison actually nominated Warden as consul at Paris on 1 Mar. 1811, with his confirmation occurring two days later (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 2:173, 174–5).

1Thus in manuscript.

Index Entries

  • A Manual of Parliamentary Practice (Thomas Jefferson); D. B. Warden requests search
  • Barlow, Joel; U.S. minister to France search
  • Bullus, John search
  • Hamilton, Paul (1762–1816); secretary of the navy search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Manual of Parliamentary Practice search
  • John Adams (ship); passengers on search
  • Madison, James; and D. B. Warden search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); forwards letters to Paris search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); to write agricultural essay search
  • Warden, David Bailie; and consular nomination search
  • Warden, David Bailie; letters from search