James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Nicholas Townsend Heard, 22 February 1812 (Abstract)

§ From Nicholas Townsend Heard

22 February 1812, New York. Solicits an appointment as U.S. consul in London. Has resided for several years in England as the partner of an American mercantile house and believes he has acquired the knowledge to fulfill the duties of the appointment. Appreciates the difficulty of assessing the qualifications of applicants for office; therefore provides testimony on his behalf. Adds that he is a native U.S. citizen and “warmly attached to the Constitution.” In a postscript refers to further testimonials he has provided in letters to the secretary of state, Albert Gallatin, Gideon Granger, John Smith, Obadiah German, Samuel L. Mitchill, John Condit, Burwell Bassett, and Peter B. Porter.

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Heard”). 2 pp. Filed with Heard’s letter are seven testimonials, dated between 15 and 26 Feb. 1812, from merchants and merchant houses in New York and Philadelphia, and a 19 Feb. letter from John Bullus to Monroe.

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