§ From John Appleton
18 April 1802, Philadelphia. Acknowledges JM’s letter of 8 Apr. [not found] enclosing his commission as U.S. commercial agent at Calais.1 Transmits his bond. “When at Washington I was led to expect by the President, that in case of vacancy at Dunkerque, it woud be annexed to my Department; if such an event shoud take place, will you allow me Sir to solicit your influence.… The two Ports of Dunkerque & Calais being so contiguous I coud attend to both, and the Commercial advantages of the former, woud remunerate for the unprofitable services I shall be called upon to perform at the latter.” Proposes to embark at the first opportunity for France.