Thomas Jefferson Papers

George P. Stevenson to Thomas Jefferson, 16 October 1817

From George P. Stevenson

Baltimore October 16th–1817—

Dear sir

I have made arrangements to visit Havana and remain several years, with very considerable commercial views,—and am desirous of being appointed Commercial-agent (that being the only grade of representative allowed in the Spanish colonies)—   ,Twill be of great service to me, and I flatter myself that my consistency of political principles and conduct, added to my readiness whenever occasion has offered, to serve our country may entitle me to the appointment, particularly as I shall carry with me the unlimited confidence of the commercial community, and the strong interest of a large political acquaintance.—.—I have thought that your friendship manifested thro my youth, would be an apology for my asking from you such letters to the President, Secretary of State, & War, as would be serviceable to my application—If you will give me such I shall be grateful, but if the request be disagreable or such as you do not like to comply with—say so, and I shall not be dissatisfied.—

I contemplate being in Washington the early part of next week—where I shall be glad to receive your reply, with the letters asked—

With sentiments of great esteem Yrs truly

Geo: P: Stevenson

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 27 Oct. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Benjamin W. Crowninshield, 5 Jan. 1818, on recto and verso; addressed: “To Thomas Jefferson Esqr Milton Va”; franked; postmarked Baltimore, 16 Oct.

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  • Havana; commercial agent at search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
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  • Stevenson, George Pitt; letters from search
  • Stevenson, George Pitt; merchant search
  • Stevenson, George Pitt; seeks appointment search