Thomas Jefferson Papers

Sylvanus Bourne to Thomas Jefferson, 20 November 1811

From Sylvanus Bourne

Amsterdam Novr 20 1811


As you are acquainted with the embarrassing situation in which I have laboured for some years & which has now reached a point bordering on distress, I take the liberty most respectfully to mention to you that I have made an application to the President of the U States to be named to fill the Consular vacancy in London when the State of our relations with that Country may render this appointment proper & expedient, & I have most earnestly to solicit the favr of your interest with the President for obtaining said appointment—There will be doubtless many Competitors which will tend greatly to enhance the value of your friendship towards me of which I shall ever entertain a most gratefull Sense, & my Children shall be taught to reverence the name of their Protector & friend

I have the honor Dr Sir with the greatest Respect Yr Ob Servt

S Bourne

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The Honrble Thos Jefferson Esqr at his Seat Monticello Virginia”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 Mar. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.

In a letter to President James Madison of 3 July 1812 (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, John C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, 1962– , 29 vols.: Congress. Ser., 17 vols.; Pres. Ser., 5 vols.; Sec. of State Ser., 7 vols description ends , Pres. Ser., 4:552), Bourne reiterated his initial application, not found, for a transfer to London.

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