§ From Thomas Thompson
6 November 1804, Baltimore. “It being the opinion of our Merchants who are Traders to the Island of Saint Croix, that a Commercial Agent or Consul appointed to reside in that Island, could render important services; I take the liberty from my Knowledge of the Character, Respectability, and Integrity of Mr Edward Dewhurst, a Merchant of Saint Croix, to recommend him to the Government, as a person worthy of, and in all respects qualified for such an Office. Indeed, so satisfied am I that he will be usefull in such a station, and acquit himself with Honor, and Satisfaction to all who may be interested, that I venture to solicit the appointment for him.”1
RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1801–9, filed under “Dewhurst”). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Thompson. RC and enclosure sent as enclosures in William MacCreery to JM, 25 Nov. 1804. For enclosure, see n. 1.
1. Thompson enclosed a memorial signed by nineteen Baltimore merchants (1 p.; docketed by Jefferson, with his later notation: “rejected by Senate”), recommending Dewhurst as consul at St. Croix. For Dewhurst’s own application for the post and his rejection by the Senate, see Dewhurst to JM, 17 Apr. 1804, PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 7:75 and n. 2.