From Thomas Jefferson
June 24. 1801.
Th: Jefferson returns to mr. Madison Erving’s letter to Genl. Dearborne, & approves of a commission to him as Consul at London.1 Where to find a competent successor for Lisbon he knows not, unless Gilman, who refused St. Domingo, will accept this.2 Perhaps Genl. Dearborne can judge. The place must be reserved for a man of real diplomatic abilities. Marchant’s case will be the subject of further consultation with mr. Madison. Th: J. sends a letter from Pierpoint Edwards3 for Messrs. Madison, Gallatin & Dearborne, ad legendum, & to be returned. The Hippè begins to be felt. As soon as the qualms of this are a little assuaged, another broken dose should be given. He sends to the same gentlemen mr. Paul’s application for a door keeper’s place & mr. Jones’s for a clerk’s or some other place. Knowing how they are overrun with these things, it is with reluctance he troubles them with them: but as those places are not within his cognisance, he must either refer the applications, or reject them, which would be thought hard, & might sometimes deprive the offices of an application of value. He makes this apology for the future as well as past references of this kind.