James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Elbridge Gerry, 9 [November] 1801

From Elbridge Gerry

Cambridge, 9th May [November], 1801.

Dear Sir:

Enclosed is a letter from Capt. Nathl Fellowes,1 a firm republican & one of the wealthiest merchants of Boston,2 being the copartner also of Mr. Brown,3 who received an appointment under the present government. Capt. Fellowes I am acquainted with but am a stranger to the gentlemen mentioned in his letter: The former of them indeed, Mr. Cushing,4 has called on me, & stated, that in a conference with yourself, he had received the promise of your interest for his appointment to the consulate of the Havannah, when vacant, that his present circumstances render it ineligible on his part, and that Mr. N. Fellowes friend is well qualified as a merchant to fill the office. From the facts stated & with others as your station will enable you to attain, you will be enabled I presume, in case of a vacancy & a competition for the office, to judge of the relative merits & pretensions of the several applicants. I have the honor to remain, Dear Sir with the highest esteem and respect your friend & very humble servant

E. Gerry

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