Teophane Arata to Thomas Jefferson
The want of having a Consul in this Port of Civitavecchia who possessing the Language of the American Nation, should afford a proper Assistance to the Subjects of the United Estates of America, enboldens me to demand with all umility the appointement to that Office in my Behalf.—
The sincere attachment that I have always had, even from my earliest Years towards the United Estates, and for its Individuals, whom with so much pleasure I have frequently served in various occurrences lead me to hope that my request will be graciously granted.—Meanwhile ambitious for such an honour, I remain with the Highest respect, and veneration—
RC (DLC: TJ Papers, 193:34360); undated. Dupl (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17); endorsed by TJ as received 22 Dec. 1811 and so recorded in SJL; with State Department endorsement, reading in part “June 1811” and “Wants Consulate at Civitavecchia” Also enclosed in TJ to James Madison, 31 Dec. 1811.
Teophane Arata was not appointed consul at Civitavecchia, which remained under the jurisdiction of the United States consul at Rome (John Baptiste Sartori to James Monroe, 27 July 1812 [DNA: RG 59, CD, Rome]).