James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James M. Henry, 1 June 1810 (Abstract)

§ From James M. Henry

1 June 1810, Pointe à Pitre, Guadeloupe. Has moved to this island for health reasons, after living in the south of France for three years. When JM wrote him a few years ago concerning an appointment at Jamaica, the state of his health forbade acceptance of the office. Has written secretary of state that he would now be willing to serve as consul at Guadeloupe.

RC (ViU). 2 pp. Docketed by JM. Jefferson had appointed Henry as agent for distressed and impressed seamen in Jamaica, but he declined the post (JM to Henry, 25 Mar. and 20 July 1805 [DNA: RG 59, IC]). On the same day that he wrote JM, Henry wrote Robert Smith concerning the consulship at Guadeloupe (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17). He was not appointed.

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