Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin W. Crowninshield, 31 August 1819

To Benjamin W. Crowninshield

Poplar Forest near Lynchburg Aug. 31. 19

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 18th finds me at an occasional but very distant residence from Monticello. I had on the 9th recieved from mr Dodge1 a letter of May 26. confirming the gazette accounts of the death of mr Cathalan, and covering documents of satisfactory explanation of the causes and circumstances of his failure. I lost no time in transmitting these documents to the President with my thanks for the indulgence he had shewn to my friend and the most antient servant of the US. Cathalan, adding what propriety permitted in favor of mr Dodge: of which I at the same time wrote to mr Dodge. permit me to place here my thanks to yourself also2 for your attention to my intercessions for Cathalan, for whom as well as for Appleton of Leghorn I felt peculiar interest on public as well as private motives; & disavowing the inclination as well as the presumption of medling in any future or other case with the removals or appointments of the government3 I tender you my sincere wishes for the success of your friend in the present case, and my assurances of cordial & friendly esteem and respect to yourself.4

Th: Jefferson

RC (Francis B. Crowninshield, Marblehead, Mass., 1946); addressed: “B. W. Crownenshield esquire Salem. Mass.”; franked; postmarked New London, 2 Sept.; endorsed by Crowninshield, in part, as a “letter respecting Jos Dodge Consul for marsilles.” PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Wilson Cary Nicholas to TJ, 5 Aug. 1819; mutilated at seal, with two words rewritten by TJ; endorsed by TJ.

1Preceding three words interlined.

2Word interlined.

3Word, not in PoC, interlined in RC.

4Preceding four words not in PoC.

Index Entries

  • Appleton, Thomas; consul at Leghorn search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); as consul at Marseille search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); death of search
  • Cathalan, Stephen (Étienne) (1757–1819); TJ recommends search
  • Crowninshield, Benjamin Williams; and J. Dodge search
  • Crowninshield, Benjamin Williams; and S. Cathalan’s proposed resignation search
  • Crowninshield, Benjamin Williams; letters to search
  • Dodge, Joshua; and death of S. Cathalan search
  • Dodge, Joshua; as consular candidate search
  • Dodge, Joshua; financial situation of search
  • Monroe, James; and appointments search
  • Monroe, James; and S. Cathalan search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search