James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Richard H. Wilcocks, 21 January 1804 (Abstract)

§ From Richard H. Wilcocks

21 January 1804, Philadelphia. Has determined to go to St. Croix “in the course of the ensuing Spring” and wishes to obtain the appointment as consul general to that and the neighboring islands possessed by Denmark, as the post “became vacant by the resignation of Mr. Henry Cooper.”1 Asks JM to present his application to the president. Can easily obtain a general recommendation from the commercial community of Philadelphia should that be deemed necessary. “It was my intention to have paid my Personal respects to the President and yourself but having understood from Mr Dallas that he intends setting out on monday for Washington and he having expressed himself kindly towards my application I have thought my presence would be unnecessary and avail myself with great pleasure to forward this letter to you by that Gentleman.”2

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