James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Kirkpatrick, 13 May 1806

Malaga 13 May 1806.


Having been requested by the Son of my late Worthy Friend Lewis M. O Brien Esq. Consul of the United States at St Ander, to forward the inclosed Letter for His Excellency Thomas Jefferson Esq: soliciting He might have the Goodness to appoint him his Successor, I take the Liberty of sending it under your Cover, and of claiming your kind Patronage in his favor.

I can assure you He is a young Gentleman of the most unblemished Character, has had a Considerable Experience in Business both at St Ander, and Cadiz, and would I am fully Convinced do honor to the Consulate, so long filled by his Father, to the Satisfaction of such Citizens of the United States as have visited that Quarter, as I have been informed by many.

I would be infinitely obliged, should His Excellency not have made a choice on receit of this, that on delivering the Letter, you did me the favor of interesting yourself for Mr. O Brien. I am persuaded your good Offices would be attended with Success, but at all events, I beg you may excuse the freedom I have taken in troubling you, and calling off your attention from Affairs of greater Importance, to which the Friendship I professed for Mr. O Brien could alone have induced me. I am with Sentiments of Esteem and Regard, Sir Your most obedt. and Humble Servant

Willm: Kirkpatrick

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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