Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Jackson Browne, 29 May 1803

From Jackson Browne

Hartford Connecticut
May 29th 1803


Inclosed; I have the Honor of Transmitting for your Excellency’s Perusal—A Letter from my Friend Mr Gideon Granger.

If “through the Medium of his Intercession” I shou’d prove so fortunate—as to Obtain your Patronage—I, shall “in future” exert my Utmost Endeavors to render myself Deserving of it.—By a Strict Adherence to your Instructions—and a Prompt and Faithful Discharge—of the Duties Attached to my Appointment.

With Sentiments of the most Profound Respect—I Remain Your Excellency’s most Humble Sevt.

Jackson Browne

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at foot of text: “His Excellency The President”; endorsed by TJ as received 2 June and “to be Consul at Tripoli” and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Granger to TJ, 27 May, recorded in SJL as received from Suffield on 2 June with notation “in favr. Jackson Browne,” but not found.

Jackson Browne (d. 1804) had been recommended for a consular appointment by Pierpont Edwards and Alexander J. Dallas in 1801. For his career, see Vol. 35:259–60. He died while in Barbados (Hartford American Mercury, 6 Dec. 1804).

TJ saw another application for a consulship in the Barbary states. John P. Ripley, a Philadelphia attorney, wrote Madison on 27 May offering his services. Ripley noted that Timothy Pickering had assured him of the consulship at Tunis in 1797, but it was given to William Eaton (RC in DNA: RG 59, LAR; endorsed by TJ: “to be Consul in Barbary” and “he is federal”).

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