James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Phillips Ripley, 27 May 1803 (Abstract)

§ From John Phillips Ripley

27 May 1803, Philadelphia. Is informed that some Barbary consulates are vacant and, although unknown to JM, offers himself “for employment in that quarter.” Was “in nomination for the office of consul at Tunis” in 1797 and was informed by Pickering that he would be appointed. “But for reasons which at least cannot prejudice my present application Mr. Eaton’s services were considered as more acceptable.”1 Now practices law in Philadelphia but, “notwithstanding a sacrifice of professional prospects,” would “be happy to pass two or three years in an employment which may be useful” to his country.

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