Thomas Jefferson Papers

Samuel Smith (of Maryland) to Thomas Jefferson, 14 July [1815]

From Samuel Smith (of Maryland)

Baltimore 14 July 1814 [1815]

Dr Sir

Colonel Robert C Nicholas Son of Governor Nicholas will depart1 for Leghorn in a few days2 with a View of establishing himself there as a Merchant. he will have the good wishes of the Merchants of Balte & their entire confidence—It would tend greatly to his advantage to recieve the appointment of Consul at that port. A Change I am told is to be made, (& Surely it had become necessary.) and I know no person more worthy than Colo N. I write to Solicit your good offices with the President to procure it for him.—If you Should determine to do him that favor you will please to take the earliest Opportunity lest the place should be given to another,—The Choice of Consuls has heretofore been unfortunate. It is time to fill those Posts with Men of honor. With sentiments of the highest Esteem & real Regard I am Dr sir

Your friend & servt

S. Smith

RC (DLC: TJ Papers, 201:35832); misdated; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 14 July 1815 received five days later and so recorded in SJL.

1Word interlined in place of “Sail.”

2Preceding four words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Appleton, Thomas; consul at Leghorn search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); applications to search
  • Nicholas, Robert Carter (ca.1788–1856); and S. Smith (of Maryland) search
  • Nicholas, Robert Carter (ca.1788–1856); seeks consular appointment search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); mentioned search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search
  • Smith, Samuel (of Maryland); and consular appointment search
  • Smith, Samuel (of Maryland); letters from search