Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Martin Baker to Thomas Jefferson, 19 June 1811

From John Martin Baker

Palma. Island of Majorca June 19th 1811—


I have the Honor to Enclose herewith a packet delivered to me at Cagliary by the professor Director General of His Sardinian Majesty’s Cabinet of Natural History, at Said place, which accompanies a Box Containing Natural Petre productions of the mentioned Island— which will be forwarded to you sir, by William R Lee Esqe Collector at Salem— who will at the same time Send on One quarter Cask Albaflor Wine— One Bag Soft shell almonds majorca weight, and One Box Olives: all which I hope may come Safe to hand, and I shall be particularly gratified that you approve of them—this opportunity Sir, is the very first, and the only direct one, from this Island to the United States, since my last return to my Station from America—per the first next that may offer I will not fail to remit you the remainder of the Articles, I had the Honor to be Commissioned to send You. Times are very dull here, particularly in my Consular Station owing to the very few or no Arrivals of Vessels bearing our flag.— In the event of any Affrican, or European Commercial Seaport–Consular Vacancy, I pray You Sir, to hold me in view, and intercede in my behalf with His Excellency The President—

Mrs Baker desires me sir, to present you her most Respectful Compliments—and I have the Honor to be, with the Highest Respect & Gratitude

Sir Your most obedient humble servant

John Martin Baker


I am just informed, that the Consular office of Tripoly is vacant. If it be a truth, I pray you sir, to intercede for me for the appointment: & I beg leave to add, that I am conversant with the lengua-franca—now commonly used in Affrica, by the Cheifs &c

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “To The Most Honorable Thomas Jefferson &c &c &c Monticello Virginia”; endorsed by TJ as received 15 Sept. 1811 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Leonardo de Prunner to TJ, 15 Mar. 1810.

natural petre productions: in this context, mineral specimens. TJ commissioned Baker to send him goods from Majorca on 25 July 1809. George Davis had recently resigned his consular office at Tripoli for health reasons (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, John C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, 1962– , 29 vols.: Congress. Ser., 17 vols.; Pres. Ser., 5 vols.; Sec. of State Ser., 7 vols description ends , Pres. Ser., 4:54–5n).

Index Entries

  • Albaflor (wine) search
  • almonds; sent to TJ search
  • Baker, Harriet Weissenfels (John Martin Baker’s wife); sends greetings to TJ search
  • Baker, John Martin; and L. de Prunner search
  • Baker, John Martin; letters from search
  • Baker, John Martin; seeks appointment search
  • Davis, George; resigns consular position search
  • food; almonds search
  • food; olives search
  • Lee, William Raymond; forwards items to TJ search
  • Madison, James; and appointments search
  • mineralogy; and Sardinian mineral samples search
  • nuts; almond search
  • olives; sent to TJ search
  • Prunner, Leonardo de; sends Sardinian minerals to TJ search
  • Sardinia; minerals from, sent to TJ search
  • Tripoli; U.S. consul at search
  • wine; Albaflor search