From James I. Brossier
[Le Havre, 25 Aug. 1789.] His obligation to TJ increases daily, especially by advice to address himself to Jay, “with whom you are pleased to assure me to use your protection.” As “Mr. Le Bailly of Virieu … informs me that your Excellency himself were to repair soon to the Congress in America: so that my Petition which I take the liberty to transmit to you Sir cannot miss being supported.” If president should confer place “on some-body more notable than I am, I should accept very thankfully the nomination of Consul at Honfleur.”
RC (DLC); 2 p.; undated; endorsed. Recorded in SJL as received 30 Aug. 1789 (see Mme. de Barail to TJ, 29 Aug. 1789). Enclosure (DNA: PCC, No. 87, ii): Brossier’s petition to Jay, dated 25 Aug. 1789, asking that he transmit petition “to his Excellency the Lord President … to confer on him the honour of being appointed Consul at Havre de grace in the room of Mr. Limozin lately deceased, and that he trusts their Ambassador Thomas Jefferson Esquire, will do Justice to my pretentions to the Appointment” (see TJ to Jay, 30 Aug. 1789).