James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Tristram Dalton, 25 January 1806 (Abstract)

From Tristram Dalton, 25 January 1806 (Abstract)

§ From Tristram Dalton.1 25 January 1806, Alexandria. “I am informed that Mr Ridgley, Who was left at Tripoli, in charge of the Affairs of the United States, has asked leave to return to America, and that a Consul to that Power will, probably, be soon appointed.2

“Should this be correct intelligence, I hope you will excuse my taking the liberty of naming, as a Candidate for this Office, Lieutenant Thomas Woodbridge Hooper, of the Marine Corps.

“He has lately returned from the Mediterranean, where he has long served—during which time he has been on shore in the different Regencies of Barbary—particularly at Tripoli, since the Peace.

“He is a Gentleman of Science, and Observation—genteel & pleasing in his manner And highly spoken of by his superior Officers, under whose command he served—as also by those in Garrison.

“If it should be consistent with your arrangements to approve of his Application, I shall feel myself greatly obliged.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1801–9, filed under “Hooper”). 2 pp.; docketed by Jefferson.

1Harvard graduate Tristram Dalton (1738–1817) was a Boston merchant and politician. He supplied the Continental Army during the Revolution, served several terms in the Massachusetts legislature, and later moved to the District of Columbia, where he invested in land and became a business partner of Tobias Lear. In 1801 he was a director of the First Bank of the United States and a federal commissioner for the District, 1801–2. From 1814 until his death, he was surveyor of the port of Boston (Looney et al., Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series description begins J. Jefferson Looney et al., eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series (12 vols. to date; Princeton, N.J., 2004–). description ends , 8:678–79).

2On 28 Feb. 1806 Jefferson nominated George Davis as consul at Tripoli (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, D.C., 1828). description ends , 2:25).

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