§ From Jacob Ridgway1
25 January 1803, Antwerp. “Isaac Cox Barnet … has intimated to me the posibility of his leaving this Place for some other appointment.” Requests JM’s influence with the president for the appointment should a vacancy occur. Trusts that his abilities will enable him to be of service to the U.S. and to do justice to the president’s confidence. “I have established here a Commercial House for the purpose of transacting American business and am still a partner in the House of Smith & Ridgway of Philadelphia my native place where I am well known. Since my residence here I have received so many Marks of Confidence from the Inhabitants that I am induced to think, shoud I be honord with the Consulship that it woud be highly satisfactory to the French Government and Inhabitants of Antwerp.” Presents his compliments to Mrs. Madison, with whom he has a personal acquaintance.