James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Elbridge Gerry, 24 August 1812

From Elbridge Gerry

Cambridge 24th August 1812

My dear Sir,

Our late Secretary, Benjamin Homans Esqr1 will have the honor of paying his respects, & presenting this to you. His object is to obtain some place, in which he may be employed for the mutual benefit of himself & the Publick. The Consulate to which he was lately appointed would not have enabled him to subsist himself, & his Family. His success in the present pursuit, would afford great pleasure to the republicans generally of this Commonwealth as well as to myself. I have the honor to remain dear Sir, with the highest Consideration & respect Yours very sincerely

E. Gerry


1Benjamin Homans (1765–1823), a Boston native, was nominated by JM to the consulate at Tunis on 1 July 1812. After declining that appointment, he was appointed by William Jones as chief clerk of the Navy Department in 1813 (PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (6 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 2:28 n. 2).

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