From John Martin Baker
George Town, D.C. May 3d. 1819.
I am Honored with your Respected letter of the 20th: ultimo.1 (received on the 1st: instant) and beg leave to be permitted to return you my grateful thanks for your friendly mention of my late published small work.2
Mrs. Baker, begs the favor Sir, of her Respect with feeling Sentiments for Mrs. Madisons, kind friendly remembrance; we are thank God all well: the family join me with fervency in the sincere wish for Your Health and Happiness. I have the Honor to Subscribe myself Sir, with profound Respect Your Grateful, obedient, faithful Servant.
John Martin Baker.3
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.
1. Letter not found.
2. John M. Baker, A View of the Commerce of the Mediterranean; With Reflections Arising from Personal Experience … (Washington, 1819; Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 47046).
3. John Martin Baker (d. 1841) was U.S. consul for the islands of Minorca, Majorca, and Ibiza, 1803–7, and Tarragona, Spain, 1807–16. He was employed as a clerk in the State Department, 1822–31. In 1832 he was appointed U.S. consul at Rio de Janeiro, and in 1840 U.S. consul to Neuvitas, Cuba (Daily National Intelligencer, 21 July 1841; PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (6 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984—). description ends , 2:249 n. 2; Hopkins et al., Papers of Henry Clay, 4:112; Journal of the U.S. Senate, 22d Cong., 1st sess., 494, 502; 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 , 5:298, 299, 301).