Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Sylvanus Bourne, 17 June 1793

From Sylvanus Bourne

[Philadelphia], 17 June 1793, “Mrs Dunns No 153 markett street.” Having made a contract with Mr. Morris that will enable him to return to Cape François, he urges TJ to consult with the President about resuming his old consular commission or his reappointment to the place, a necessary condition of his present plan; as his former commission bears the endorsement on his reception, perhaps it will more easily facilitate his readmission by the governor there. Since the business in contemplation would suffer by delay, a decision before TJ leaves town would greatly oblige him.

RC (DLC: Washington Papers, Applications for Office); 2 p.; at foot of text: “The Secy of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 June 1793 and so recorded in SJL.

Bourne had resigned as United States consul for Saint-Domingue in December 1791 because French authorities on the island refused to recognize his authority (Bourne to TJ, 29 Apr., 30 June, 29 Dec. 1791).

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