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3 July 1812, Amsterdam. “I most respectfully & solicitously renew my request for the appointment to the Consulate in London & my gratitude for the favr. shall be evinced by the zealous & faithfull discharge of the duties it may impose & I shall hope to derive from it some Compensation for my long services & sufferings.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, LAR , 1809–17, filed under “Bourne”). 1 p.
5 September 1810, American Consulate, Amsterdam. Requests that his commission as consul at Amsterdam be renewed to enable him to address the emperor of France. Adds in a postscript that U.S. minister John Armstrong will leave Paris on 20 Sept. for Bordeaux to depart for home. RC ( DNA : RG 59, LAR , 1809–17, filed under “Bourne”). 2 pp.
It is now expected here with confidence that Mr. Ten’cate, late Secretary of Legation from this Country to ours will Soon return there as Chargé des Affaires & that no future Minister will be appointed to the U States If this proves true & etiquette may occasion the removal of our Minister here to Some other destination in which Case I beg leave respectfully to renew my hopes for the Situation...
12 April 1809, Amsterdam. The consul reports that American vessels are now being allowed “to depart in Ballast or with Specified Cargoes at the option of those concerned.” An enclosed newspaper gives the details of a royal decree which lifts the restrictions on U.S. ships “in the Ports of Holland.” Has discussed the situation with the minister of foreign affairs and made assurances that the...
Your letter of the 2 d May covering one for the Secretary of the 1 t Class of the Royal Institute of Arts & Sciences here was duly recd this day (p r the Hornet Brig of war arrived in France —) & the Inclosure
As you are Shortly to leave the busy scenes of public life, to enjoy the calm repose of a philosophic retirement, sweetened by the consciousness of having faithfully discharged for a long term of years the duties incumbent on the various elevated Stations to which the public voice has called you, I beg leave to tender you the tribute of my thanks for the confidence you have been pleased to...
As you are acquainted with the embarrassing situation in which I have laboured for some years & which has now reached a point bordering on distress , I take the liberty most respectfully to mention to you that I have made an application to the President of the U States to be named to fill the Consular vacancy in London when the State of our relations with that Country may render this...
It is my duty to mention that I have been given to understand both by a letter from Genl Armstrong & by information from the Prince Le Brun Arch Treasurer of the Empire now here, that it will be necessary owing to the political change in this Country to have my Commission renewed & addressed to the Emperor —if pleasing the President of the U States—& which I respectfully hope may be...
Relying on the candor & liberality of your mind & reposing myself on the Sentiments of Justice which influence your conduct publick & private, I am encouraged once more to address you in regard to my situation here. I recollect to have seen in some address or letter of your venerable predecessor the following sentiment "That a thing to be right ought to reasonable". I have unceasingly &...
Mr. Changuion lately appointed by this Government as Minister to the United States, will have the honor to deliver you this Letter. The special motives which may have induced this appointment at such an early stage of the existence of the actual Government & in a state yet so unsettled of the general relations of the Country; as also of those of the United States with Great Britain, will be...