Thomas Jefferson Papers

Benjamin W. Crowninshield to Thomas Jefferson, 20 September 1817

From Benjamin W. Crowninshield

Salem sepr 20th 1817—

Dear Sir,

It has been intimated to me, that, Mr Joshua Dodge means, through his friends in France, to apply to you to assist him in procuring the appointt of Consul in Marseilles: & his relatives here have applied to me to make him known to you.

I now take the liberty to say, that, Mr Dodge is a native of this town, brought up in my fathers Compting-house; has spent some time in Europe, speaks & writes the French & Italian languages, & is, in every respect, a correct & worthey young man, should he be appointed, I can have no doubt but he would do his duty faithfully, & be a better public agent, than many who hold similar appointments in Europe.

Trusting to your friendly disposition to excuse me: I am, very sincerely, yours.—

B W Crowninshield

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 30 Sept. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Francis Adrian Van der Kemp, 25 Dec. 1817, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqre Monticello Virginia”; franked; postmarked Salem, 21 Sept.

Index Entries

  • Crowninshield, Benjamin Williams; and J. Dodge search
  • Crowninshield, Benjamin Williams; family of search
  • Crowninshield, Benjamin Williams; letters from 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
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search