Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Chandler Price, 8 March 1806

Philade March 8. 1806


I am informed Mr Patrick Ysnardi Son of Joseph Ysnardi Esqr. American Consul at Cadiz, is now on his way from Charleston to the City of Washington. with a view to solicit the Consulship for Havanna which I understand now is or very soon will be vacant by the resignation of Mr Hill—

With Mr Ysnardi I have been intimately acquainted several years—in my opinion he is well qualified to fill the office of Agent or Consul for the United States. at the Havanna, he is of very good disposition. freindly to the Americans. liberal. just. & capable—his Connections There very respectable & have as much Influence with the Government. as perhaps any others—add to which. his general acquaintance with the Americans. his knowledge of the Spanish Character. of both Languages & the routine of the business acquired under the direction of his Father at Cadiz, whose Conduct I was long an Eye Witness of. and who notwithstanding all that has been said against him in the Public papers: is in my opinion One of the best Consuls in the Service of the United States—his Industry & Capability is exceeded by none. & I beleive few are more zealous in their Duties—

An additional inducement to me to add my recommendation & to hope it may have some weight. is the determination of my freind Mr Ysnardi should he succeed in his application. to take from hence to Havanna as his Coadjutor. Mr Alexander Stewart—

Mr Stewart is a Young Gentleman with a rising Family. worthy of all the Aid I can grant him. He served his Time in my Counting House. and I can & do therefore speak with possitiveness to his Merits—He is strictly Honest. very Industrious & attentive to business, full of true American Principles & in every way Capable to Cooperate with Mr Ysnardi in such a situation

I trust Sir you will allow me to plead as my apology for addressing you. the Strong inclination I feel to promote the Interest of my friends Mr Ysnardi & Mr Stewart while they are combined with what I consider a duty towards the Interest of the Commerce of our Country

I am with Sentiments of high Consideration Sir Your Excellency’s Most Obedt & very Hhble serv

Chand. Price


At the request of Mr. Stewart. I take the liberty of assuring you, that the above Mr. Price is a very respectable Merchant in this city, and that his recommendation may be relied on with entire confidence—

I am, Sir, with the greatest esteem Your Most obed. Servt.

R Patterson

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

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