§ From James Leander Cathcart
22 June 1812, Madeira. Solicited an appointment to the Lisbon consulate in June and July 1811, “should it again become vacant.”1 Has been informed that Mr. [George] Jefferson resigned the post due to ill health. “May I hope that my expectations will not be disappointed & that I may at last have a prospect of educating my family in a manner equal to my wishes.… I have only to add that my gratitude will at least be equal to the favor receiv’d that you will have the satisfaction of making a numerous family happy & of knowing that their prayers will be offer’d to the disposer of all events for your temporal & eternal happiness.”2
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Cathcart”). 1 p.
1. See Cathcart to JM, 30 June 1811 (PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (4 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends , 3:362 and n. 1).