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Pardon the liberty I take, and permit me to call to your Excellency’s recollection, a Person who at the time the Committee of Convention for framing this State’s Constitution were sitting in this town, requested to be taken into your Offices, as a Student of law, and had your promise to be received if the services of your country should not call you abroad; but which proving to be the case in...
Happy in that easy access to the first Office in his Government which is alone the pride of an American and the Ornament of his Court; and which is now rendered still more flattering by the amiable qualities of the Person who fills that important Station; I am emboldened to ask your Excellency’s Attention (in any moment which may be unoccupied by the vast concerns incident to your situation)...
It gives me sensible pain to be under the necessity of troubling you further with my personal concerns amid the weight of your public Cares: but entertaining the fond hope that you are not totally disinterested in my welfare, I am prompted to observe to you, that upon my arrival here I found Mr. Keith had been pushing all possible force for the Marshalship of this District, a place which I...
I was honoured by the due receipt of your obliging favr. of Augt 30th for which you have my Cordial thanks—I am sensible of the justness of your observations relative to the Presidents nominations, and doubt not they will be all made free from any partial bias whatever, and on the principles of humanity, Wisdom, & justice to his Country, whose best interests, have been his uniform study and...
Boston, November 1, 1789. Asks Hamilton to “Give me leave Dr Sir to request the favr of being in your remembrance should any situation in the Treasury Department occur in which my abilities may be equal to rendering my Country service.” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Bourne applied for several posts in the government in 1789 and 1790. In June, 1790, George Washington appointed him...
I am pleased to find that the President in his late Speech to both Houses of the American Parliament has specifically called their attention to Foreign Affairs and to those necessary provisions, preliminary to his nomination in that Department. The rising Consequence of this Country in the scale of Nations will doubtless be a subject of much political & commercial speculation in the European...
New York, 25 [i.e. 24?] Mch. 1790 . Having had the honor of an introduction to TJ he feels he may disclose his wish for public employment and refers to “the Vice President and Chief Justice of the United States, the Secretarys of the Treasury and War Departments” for information, but is conscious that capacity to serve the public is “the only proper ground of my expectations, as the only one...
There are certain Subjects which become more eligibly communicated in writing than in Person. among these are priorly ranked such as have a personal reference; hence my apology for this mode of requesting once more a renewal of your influence with the President & Mr. Jefferson towards my attainment of such a situation in the foreign employ of my Country as I may be capable of fitting with...
New York, 19 Apr. 1790. Requests TJ to deliver officially to the President the enclosed memorial and to acquaint him with Bourne’s qualifications for a diplomatic or consular appointment. His concern for the public good forbids him to solicit a particular post, but if he is appointed he will endeavor to merit the public’s confidence. RC ( DLC : Washington Papers, Applications for Office); 1...
Being informed that some Members of the House of Representatives are opposed to allowing any emoluments whatever to our Consuls resident in foreign Ports—I am led to request the exercise of your influence in support of such a gratuity as may not have a tendency to burthen the trading Interest—which consequence I think cannot arise from a small contribution chargeable on each Vessell according...