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To Thomas Jefferson from Henry Preble, 26 August 1802

From Henry Preble

Havre August 26th. 1802


Having established myself at this Port; and finding that Mr. Peter Dobell who was some time since appointed Commercial Agent of the US. at Havre, intends to resign that office, I beg leave to solicit the same when vacant; it would be particularly valuable to me, as I shall most probably pass great part of the remainder of my life at this Place.

I have thought it needless to trouble you with the solicitations of my friends in Europe & America in my favor; for as it relates to my character, I flatter myself there are many recommendations in favor of it, now in the Department of State at Washington; and I trust my abilities are fully equal to fill the office of Commercial Agent of the US. at Havre, with honour to my Country, & justice to my fellow citizens.

I earnestly beg Sir, you will pardon this intrusion on your valuable time.

With the highest consideration and respect—I have the honor to be Sir Your Obt hume Servt

Henry Preble

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at head of text: “His Ex Thomas Jefferson President of the U.S. of America”; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Oct. and so recorded in SJL; also endorsed by TJ: “to be Consul at Havre.”

RECOMMENDATIONS: Preble had tried without success to acquire a consular appointment at Cadiz or a French port (Vol. 32:162; Vol. 34:58; Vol. 35:493–5; Vol. 36:483).

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