James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Henry Dearborn, 7 November 1809

From Henry Dearborn

Boston Novr. 7th. 1809

Dear Sir,

I take the liberty of observing to you that Col Jona Russell1 of Providence is now here and about sailing for Toninggen, and if no Consul has been appointed for that place Col Russel would be pleased with the appointment, and as his Character is well known to you I presume you will with pleasure confer the appointment desired. If you should think proper to make the appointment, and will please to direct the Commission to my care I shall have an early opportunity of sending it to him. Yours with respectful esteem

H. Dearborn


1Jonathan Russell (1771–1832) of Rhode Island achieved prominence as a New England Republican leader on the basis of his widely reprinted Fourth of July oration of 1800, after which Jefferson appointed him to the customs collectorship in Bristol. In the course of his European travels after 1809, Russell was to serve briefly as chargé d’affaires in Paris and London, and in 1813 JM named him to be minister to Sweden, a nomination that the Senate declared to be “inexpedient.” JM renominated him to the court of Sweden in 1814 and at the same time added him to the diplomatic team headed by Albert Gallatin and John Quincy Adams that was to negotiate the Treaty of Ghent ending the War of 1812 (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 1:401, 2:347, 384, 454).

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