James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Hazard, Jr., 26 January 1811 (Abstract)

§ From Thomas Hazard, Jr.

26 January 1811, Boston. Informs JM that his son Samuel is now in Russia where he intends to remain for several years on business. Requests he be appointed consul at Archangel, “a place of Considerable trade with the United States, Several hundred American vessels it is said, loaded there the last summer, and … the probability I presume is, that our trade will increase to that Country.”1

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Hazard”). 2 pp.

1On 1 Mar. 1811 JM nominated Samuel Hazard to be consul at Archangel. At that time JM may have been unaware that Levett Harris, American consul at St. Petersburg, had already appointed Francis Dana to be vice-consul and agent at Archangel and that the Russian government had recognized Dana in that capacity (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 2:173; Harris to Robert Smith, 18/30 May 1811, Bashkina et al., The United States and Russia, pp. 755–56).

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