Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Maury to Thomas Jefferson, 6 April 1821

From William Maury

New Orleans 6 April 1821

Dear Sir

Some weeks since I took the liberty of addressing you from this place, & of thanking you for letters of introduction, which, as well as promoting my object as to information are likely to do so commercially as Dr Brown talked of shipping his Crop of Alabama Cotton to my Father—

I now submit for your inspection & opinion the annexed copy of a letter which I have received from my Fathers partner, Mr Latham.—

Upon this subject I should not have presumed to consult you, had it not been for the strong friendship you have always manifested towards my Father & his Sons; pardon me therefore for his sake this liberty

As Mr Monroe will most probably be in your neighbourhood about this time, would you do me the favor to consult him, how far under the circumstances an application from my Father, in the event of his resignation, would be proper for one of his Sons to succeed him in his office as Consul, Under these circumstances alone could he be induced to make an application, or indeed myself—viz—that for the first 20 years it has cost him from 1 a $400 ⅌ annum, & now that it is becoming profitable, his Family will from the usual course of Nature with persons in his advanced stage of life be deprived of any reimbursement.—

My particular motive tho, is the standing which it gives to a Mercantile house—

Indeed my Dear Sir tis from these considerations alone that I thus trespass upon you—& again I pray you pardon the liberty—

The Weather here is becoming exceedingly warm & as the thermometer is above 80 I shall take the warning as a Stranger to this climate & in the hope that I may once more partake of your Hospitality in May I have the honor to be

Dear Sir Your most obedient servant

William Maury

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 7 May 1821 and so recorded in SJL. RC (CSmH: JF); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Thomas Mann Randolph, 27 June [1821], on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Monte-cello Albemarle County Virginia,” with “Washington City” added in lower left corner in an unidentified hand; stamped; postmarked New Orleans, 8 Apr.

On this date Maury sent a similar letter and the same enclosure to James Madison (Madison, Papers, Retirement Ser., 2:296–7).

Index Entries

  • Alabama (state); cotton crop in search
  • Brown, Samuel; cotton crop of search
  • cotton; as crop search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • Latham, William; and J. Maury’s consulship search
  • Latham, William; as J. Maury’s partner search
  • Liverpool; U.S. consulship at search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); works sent to search
  • Maury, James (1746–1840); as consul at Liverpool search
  • Maury, James (1746–1840); family of search
  • Maury, William; and J. Maury’s consulship search
  • Maury, William; letters from search
  • Maury, William; travels of search
  • Monroe, James (1758–1831); and appointments search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search
  • weather; heat search