Monto Mar. 21. 24.
I am sorry to learn by your favr of the 10th that the issue of your claims on the property of your grand mother has been unfavble, and has obliged you to look to the barren, resources of the govmt. I have almost universally declined becoming a sollicitor them for appmts to office. it is embarrassing to them and to myself unspeakably unpleasant. but it will be necessary for you to specify the particular vacancy of a consulship which you would wish to fill. the govmt will scarcely undertake to seek out one for you. whenever you shall be ready to make a special request to them, I will bear testimony in your behalf to such facts within my knolege as may be proper for their informn whereon to act. with my best wishes for your success be pleased to accept the assurance of my esteem & respect
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.