From Elbridge Gerry
Cambridge 24th August 1812
My dear Sir,
Our late Secretary, Benjamin Homans Esqr1 will have the honor of paying his respects, & presenting this to you. His object is to obtain some place, in which he may be employed for the mutual benefit of himself & the Publick. The Consulate to which he was lately appointed would not have enabled him to subsist himself, & his Family. His success in the present pursuit, would afford great pleasure to the republicans generally of this Commonwealth as well as to myself. I have the honor to remain dear Sir, with the highest Consideration & respect Yours very sincerely
1. Benjamin Homans (1765–1823), a Boston native, was nominated by JM to the consulate at Tunis on 1 July 1812. After declining that appointment, he was appointed by William Jones as chief clerk of the Navy Department in 1813 (PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (6 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 2:28 n. 2).