From David Meade Randolph
Richmond 13th September 1801
I received your favor of the 14th Ult. in due course of the Mail, and shou’d have answered the same at the moment, if I had recollected the place of my friend’s birth; Nor can I, with certainty ascertain that point now—but, it is beleived by those who were his intimate friends during his residence at Petersburg, that he was born at Dunkirk—this also is my own conviction—to which I will add, as you have done me the honor to ask, that Mr. John Gregorie prosecuted his profession as a merchant in this Country; and supported the Character of an honest, enlightened and very much respected Citizen—which character, I have no doubt, he has sustained since his return to Europe. In France, where he possessed an Estate, he has been greatly reduced by the revolution—His present circumstances are said to require aid.
I am, with respect, your Huml. Sevt.
D M Randolph
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 15 Sep. but recorded in SJL at 17 Sep. with notation “Gregory to be Consul.”
I received your favor: TJ’s letter to Randolph, recorded in SJL at 14 Aug., has not been found, but it regarded John Gregorie’s 25 Mch. application to TJ for a consular appointment. Randolph had forwarded the letter from Gregorie, “a particular acquaintance residing in Europe,” to the president on 8 Aug. (RC in DNA: RG 59, LAR; at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr.”; endorsed by TJ as received 13 Aug. and so recorded in SJL).