Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Ellison, 17 January 1806

Bordeaux Jany. 17th. 1806


My friends in America have promised to use their influence in endeavoring to procure me the Title of Vice Consul of the United States in this City;—which office I take the Liberty of soliciting—

The Vice-President, to whom my family is known, will give any information that may be deemed necessary, relative to the titles we may have to your attention—

The only end, I hope to obtain, is being exempted from onerous taxes—If in return I can be of service to my Country and fellow Citizens, my efforts shall never be wanting.—I am well acquainted with most European Languages, have resided, and been well connected, in many Cities of Europe.—I could wish to be employ’d in some Diplomatic capacity. If an occasion should present, I flatter myself few of my Countrymen possess superior advantages for such employ.—

I am excited by no other motive, than an ardent desire of distinguishing myself in the service of my Country, in a Career, which I concieve, most congenial to my talents and acquirements.—

Hoping you will excuse this boldness I have the honor to be, Sir, with sentiments of high respect Your Most Obedient & very humble Servant

John G. Ellison

Doctor of Medicine

Native of Poughkeepsie

in the State of New York.

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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