Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Martin Bicker, 5 October 1806

Funchal Island of Madeira
5th. October 1806

The Petition of Martin Bicker

Humbly Represents

That your Petitioner is a Native of Boston State of Massachusetts, and that he has been in the Commercial line in Said Boston nearly thirty years—that in consequence of heavy losses by depredations of the Several Powers at War, upon his Shipping and other Property, with other misfortunes, he was reduced in his circumstances and his health much impair’d, that your Petitioner was induced with the advice of his friends to embark with his Family for this Island in May 1802. Where he has since resided conducting some Business in the commission & commercial lines, which has enabled him to acquire the Portugues Language and a competent knowledge of the customs and Trade of this place, that in consequence of the sudden death of Marian Lamar late Consul for this Island, the Consulate office is vacant—your Petitioner therefore most humbly Solicits that he may be appointed to the office under such Bonds & regulations as in your Excellences wisdom may be judged expedient—and your Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray—

Martin Bicker

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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