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Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 10 August 1812

To James Madison

Monticello Aug. 10. 12.

Dear Sir

The death of my much valued friend & relation George Jefferson will doubtless produce many competitors for the office of Consul at Lisbon. among these a neighbor of mine, mr David Higginbotham wishes to be considered. he is a merchant of Milton, of very fair character, steady application to business, sound in his circumstances, and perfectly correct in all his conduct. he is a native of this part of the country, brought up to mercantile business, of a temper and manners entirely conciliatory and obliging, and would, I am persuaded execute the duties of the office with all the diligence and zeal in his power. should no person of better qualifications be proposed his appointment would gratify his many friends here as well as, Dear Sir Your affectionate friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17); at foot of text: “The President of the US.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Madison, 10 Aug. 1812 (second letter).

Madison instead appointed Israel P. Hutchinson, of Pennsylvania, consul at lisbon (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 2:313, 316 [31 Dec. 1812, 15 Jan. 1813]).

Index Entries

  • Higginbotham, David; seeks consulship at Lisbon search
  • Hutchinson, Israel P.; and consulship at Lisbon search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); death of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • Lisbon; U.S. consulship at search
  • Madison, James; and appointments search
  • Madison, James; letters to search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search