Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Bentley to Thomas Jefferson, 20 [September] 1817

From William Bentley

Salem 20 Dec. [Sept.] 1817.


With great pleasure I recollect the man to whom I hold my country under the highest obligation. A W. might have fought, but in vain if as he said a J. had not thought for my country.   I know the intrusion you suffer, & of which you have a right to complain. But I know also you are willing to know that we have an interest in our friends. Long since, Mr Joshua Dodge desired to be named to you for the Consulship of Marseilles. I objected because the present Consul was a friend of Mr Jefferson. I am now assured that the present Consul has written to you in favour of my friend. I have only to assure you of my interest in your influence for him. He is descended of an upright & antient & wealthy family in Salem. He has had a complete Merchantile education, Is beyond example among us acquainted with the French language, & has for many years resided & done business in France. My literary friends speak highly of his manners & attainments.   Sir, if you can do any thing for him with the administration, or think I ought to do more with President Munro, Mr Adams, or any other person, if in any form I should have notice it would oblige one who has always maintained with the highest sense of your talents & services, the highest veneration

of your genius & virtues. your devoted Servant,

William Bentley.

RC (DLC: TJ Papers, 211:37755); misdated; at foot of text: “To Thomas Jefferson, late President of the USA Montecello”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 20 Dec. 1817 received 29 Sept. 1817 and so recorded in SJL.

w. and j. were George Washington and TJ. At this time Stephen Cathalan held the consulship of Marseille.

Index Entries

  • Adams, John Quincy; and appointments search
  • Bentley, William (of Massachusetts); letters from search
  • Bentley, William (of Massachusetts); recommends J. Dodge search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); recommends J. Dodge search
  • Dodge, Joshua; as consular candidate search
  • Dodge, Joshua; family of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • Marseille; U.S. consulship at search
  • Monroe, James; and appointments search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search
  • Washington, George; mentioned search