Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Martin Baker to Thomas Jefferson, 29 August 1817

From John Martin Baker

Montpellier—near Orange Court House August 29th 1817.


I have had the Honor this day to see Mr Madison, who is pleased to inform me, that you were not at Monti-cello: but at your Seat in Bedford, which unhappily deprives me the Honor of paying you my respects in person, as I had proposed on my leaving George-town. D.C. where my family now reside: and who beg Sir to be Respectfully presented to you—   permit me sir, to add, that unfortunately for me, I cannot continue my journey to Bedford, owing to the incapacity of the Horse, I hired at Fredericksburg.

Being very lately assured, that the Consulate of Amsterdam, has the Salary of Two thousand Dollars per anum, as agent for Seamen, and claims: I had the Honor to apply for that office on the Eighteenth instant: and take the liberty Sir, to herewith enclose copy of my Letter to the Secretary of State, (praying your perusal.) Soliciting the President of the United States, pleasure and consideration in my favor for said appointment.

I take the liberty Sir, and pray you to be so good as to oblige me with your protection in a line to the President of the United States: who I am informed is expected to be in Washington on or before the tenth of September next.—I beg pardon Sir, for this importunity, urged by my peculiar Situation, for the Support of an Amiable Wife, five infant deserving Children, and their Aged Respectable Grand-mother. Sensible of your feeling and Humane Consideration. I Have the Honor to Be, with the Highest Respect,

Sir, Your most Grateful faithful, obedient, humble Servant.

John Martin Baker.

I pray you Sir, to have the goodness to address to me at George town. Dt Ca where I have taken a house, the Second Brick dwelling, from the high Bridge, coming in from Washington.

Mr Diggs, requested me Sir, to present you his Respectful Compliments.

RC (DLC); postscript on verso of final page; beneath signature: “To The Honorable Thomas Jefferson. Virginia”; endorsed by TJ as received 11 Sept. 1817 and so recorded in SJL.

President James Monroe nominated Alexander McRae for the United States consulship at amsterdam on 18 Apr. 1818, and the Senate confirmed his appointment two days later (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 3:138, 140). The aged respectable grand-mother was Elizabeth Williams Bogart Weissenfels.

Index Entries

  • Amsterdam; U.S. consulate at search
  • Baker, Harriet Weissenfels (John Martin Baker’s wife); mentioned search
  • Baker, John Martin; family of search
  • Baker, John Martin; letters from search
  • Baker, John Martin; seeks appointment search
  • Baker, John Martin; visits Montpellier search
  • Diggs, Mr.; sends greetings to TJ search
  • horses; disabled search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • McRae, Alexander; as consul at Amsterdam search
  • Monroe, James; and appointments search
  • Montpellier (Montpelier; J. Madison’s Orange Co. estate); visitors to search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Weissenfels, Elizabeth Williams Bogart; family of search