Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas MacDonogh, 8 November 1790

From Thomas MacDonogh

Boston, 8 Nov. 1790. Enclosing his commission as consul for Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, asking him to lay it before the President. “Being desirous to have the Honour of paying my personal Respects to the President, as well as to yourself, I set off immediately after my Arrival here in the latter End of August, for New York, but was not fortunate enough to get there before his Departure for Virginia.” Requests the return of his commission after it is recognized.

RC (DNA: RG 59, CD); endorsed by TJ as received 23 Nov. 1790 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Copy of MacDonogh’s commission, signed by Leeds and dated 18 Dec. 1789 (Tr in DLC; PrC in DNA: RG 59, CD). For MacDonogh’s difficulties in delivering his commission, see Remsen to TJ, 6, 9 and 25 Sep. 1790; TJ to Remsen, 1 Oct. 1790.

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