From Henry Preble
Havre August 26th. 1802
Having established myself at this Port; and finding that Mr. Peter Dobell who was some time since appointed Commercial Agent of the US. at Havre, intends to resign that office, I beg leave to solicit the same when vacant; it would be particularly valuable to me, as I shall most probably pass great part of the remainder of my life at this Place.
I have thought it needless to trouble you with the solicitations of my friends in Europe & America in my favor; for as it relates to my character, I flatter myself there are many recommendations in favor of it, now in the Department of State at Washington; and I trust my abilities are fully equal to fill the office of Commercial Agent of the US. at Havre, with honour to my Country, & justice to my fellow citizens.
I earnestly beg Sir, you will pardon this intrusion on your valuable time.
With the highest consideration and respect—I have the honor to be Sir Your Obt hume Servt
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at head of text: “His Ex Thomas Jefferson President of the U.S. of America”; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Oct. and so recorded in SJL; also endorsed by TJ: “to be Consul at Havre.”
RECOMMENDATIONS: Preble had tried without success to acquire a consular appointment at Cadiz or a French port (Vol. 32:162; Vol. 34:58; Vol. 35:493–5; Vol. 36:483).