Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Martin Baker to Thomas Jefferson, 18 October 1815

From John Martin Baker

Malaga, october 18th 1815.


I have the Honor most Respectfully to address You, and hope You enjoy the Blessing of health.

I returned in March last to my Consulate, after my Recovery from very Serious illness, while in France, Our Trade has not as yet taken any course that way, very unfortunate for me, for the support of an amiable Wife, and five infant children: my family are at Montpellier, I left them all well thank Divine Providence on the ninth ultimo, and hope to see them soon again; I shall return to Tarragona in a few days.

I pray you Sir, to do myself and family the kindness to Represent to the President of the United States of America, our great sufferings during our late wars, owing to my peculiar situation in office, and entreat your goodness Sir, with the President of the United States, to be appointed Consul for Tripoly, in the event of said office becoming vacant: I pray your feeling consideration in my favor: permit me Sir, to say Tripoly, or any other consulate to afford me support for my family.—I have the Honor to remit by the American Schooner Murray of Charleston, Captain Miner,—bound for New york, to the care of the United States Collector at said port, a Small Box, addressed to you, containing Italian Garden seeds, flowers, and other seeds, selected at Mrs Bakers request for you, by M. Edward Caffarena, acting as Vice Consul at Genoa—I have also the Satisfaction to inclose a letter from Mr Mazzei of Pisa, at whose residence my family passed one day, when we were on our way to Paris: Mr Mazzei, is now very aged, and had great pleasure to renew his memory with the Honor and satisfaction he had in being well known to you: Mrs Baker had the pleasing satisfaction to discourse lengthy with M. Mazzei, on the Happiness of her beloved Country.—

Myself and family Sir pray for your Life, Health and Happiness.—

I have the Honor to be with the Highest Respect, and Gratitude—

Sir Your most humble obedient faithful Servant.

John Martin Baker

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “To The Most Honorable Thomas Jefferson. Monti-cello”; endorsed by TJ as received 13 Jan. 1816 and so recorded in SJL.

The collector at New York was David Gelston. For the enclosed letter from mr mazzei, see note to Philip Mazzei to TJ, 24 Sept. 1814.

Index Entries

  • Baker, Harriet Weissenfels (John Martin Baker’s wife); sends seeds to TJ search
  • Baker, John Martin; as consul search
  • Baker, John Martin; family of search
  • Baker, John Martin; letters from search
  • Baker, John Martin; seeks appointment search
  • Baker, John Martin; sends goods to TJ search
  • Caffarena, Edward; sends seeds to TJ search
  • Gelston, David; collector at New York search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • Mazzei, Philip; letters from mentioned search
  • Mazzei, Philip; visitors to search
  • Miner, Daniel G.; ship captain search
  • Murray (schooner) search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search
  • seeds; sent to TJ search
  • Tripoli; U.S. consul at search