James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Lamson, 6 October 1802 (Abstract)

§ From John Lamson

6 October 1802, Trieste. “Since my last of the 24th August, I have been informed by Mr Riggins that he has received a commission as consul for this port.1 The reasons for my long abscence were explained to you in my letter of the 29th Decr. 18012 which however I conclude had not reached you, when this appointment was made.… I have been induced by this commission, to leave my Native country and friends to reside in this place, the voyage here has cost me much money; and as this circumstance affects not only my int[e]rest but my reputation in this City, I have thought my duty to address you this letter. Since my arrivall in Trieste I have neglected nothing in my power to procure every possible advantage for those of my fellow citizens who have visited this place.… Before I return to America shall wait your esteemed communications, and when I shall be informed that the Goverment have no further service for me abroad shall endeavour to act the part of a good citizen at home.”

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