Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Frederick William Siel, 23 December 1807

Barcelona 23d. December 1807—

Most Excellent Sir

Ambitious to make myself useful to the United States of America and the place I was born in by promoting Commercial intercourse between the two Countries, I take the Liberty to solicit Your Excellency for the Consulate of America in the City of Dantzig—

If such an Office is vacant and it is Your Excellency’s Pleasure to invest me therewith, in consequence of the Attestation of several Citizens of the United States hereunto annexed, and in consequence Of a letter of recommendation from John Leonard Esquire, American Consul in this Province, to the Honble. James Madison Secretary of State, I shall make it my principal Study to honor the Trust Your Excellency may condescend to repose in me—

The increasing Trade from the United States up the Baltic Sea and the precarious navigation along the North-Eastern Coast of Dantzig, where Ships are often cast away in bad weather, will make it appear conspicuous to Your Excellency, that, for the good And aid and assistance of Citizens of the United States, so intricated in a foreign and distant Country, it would not be improper to appoint a Consul in the City of Dantzig, for which Office I again most humbly solicit, and have the honor to be with Sentements of the highest Consideration

Most Excellent Sir Your Excellency’s Very Obedient and most humble Servant

F. W. Siel

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

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