James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Lamson, 6 October 1802

From John Lamson, 6 October 1802

Trieste Octr. 6 1802

Respected Sir

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. The reasons for my long abscence were explained to you in my letter of the 29th Decr. 1801 which however I conclude had not reached you, when this appointment was made.

As I cannot beleive it was the intention of the President to take away my commission, but from representations being made to him that I had not arrived, the commission has been sent to this Gentleman supposing the post to be still vacant, and probably concluding that no use would be made of it in case the place should be occupied. I am induced to think this is the case, because I have received your instructions in date of August 1 1801, and never have been informed that my services were dispensed with, & because I beleive that neither the commission nor letter informs him that his appointment was to supersede mine; Whether it may be necessary for this Goverment to have some Official information that my commission is Superseded to authorise them to revoke the exequator given to me, in date of the 14th. February last or not, is not for me to determine; As I am entirely disposed to accquiesce in whatever may be the pleasure of the President I pray you Sir to inform me as soon as possible what shall be his determination; 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 intrest but my reputation in this City, I have thought it 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, and have lost no Oppy. of writing you and giving every information. 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. I have the honor to be, Sir with great consideration and respect Your most Obedient & very Humble Servt.

John Lamson

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