From Samuel Smith
Balt. 9 July 1802
Permit me to introduce my young friend Mr. Abraham Ogden formerly of New York where he had his Commercial Education—Mr. Ogden has established a House of Commerce at Marseilles, & meant to have been an applicant for the Consulate at that Port, but on being informed that Mr. Cathalan would (if practicable) be Continued he expressed his approbation & Spoke in terms highly respectful of that Gentleman,—in that he differed from Mr. Cushing, of Mr. Cushing Mr. Cathalan does not write very favorably—Should Mr. Cathalan not keep the office, permit me in the warmest Manner to recommend Mr. Ogden & believe me to be with truth—
your friend & Servt.
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 13 July and “Ogden to be Consul at Mars.” and so recorded in SJL.
ABRAHAM OGDEN was a partner in the firm Ogden, Schwartz & Co. of MARSEILLES (Madison, Papers, Sec. of State Ser. description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, J. C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962–, 33 vols. Sec. of State Ser., 1986–, 9 vols.; Pres. Ser., 1984–, 6 vols.; Ret. Ser., 2009–, 1 vol. description ends , 8:80; Stephen Cathalan, Jr., to TJ, 22 Sep. 1804). Isaac CUSHING had previously been recommended to TJ for appointment as commercial agent at the French port (Vol. 37:306–8).