Circular Letter to the Federal District Attorneys of Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire
Department of State, February 12th. 1805.
Mr. Merry, the Minister of Great Britain, having requested that Mr. John Coles may be permitted to act as the Consul of his Nation within the States of New Hampshire & Massachusetts,1 until a regular appointment to that office can be made, by the immediate order of his Government; and the present nomination not being adapted for the customary Exequatur, I have the honor to request, that, as far as your official functions are concerned & will permit, you will consider Mr. John Coles as acting instead of a Consul of Great Britain, for the States above mentioned, and that you will accordingly yield to him every necessary facility in the exercise of his trust. I am &c.
Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14). Addressed also to the collectors of customs in the same states. George Blake was district attorney for Massachusetts, Silas Lee for Maine, and Daniel Humphreys for New Hampshire (Senate Exec. Proceedings, description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, D.C., 1828). description ends 1:401, 402, 405, 471, 473).