From Christopher Ripley
Washington Novr. 10th. 1812.
The condescending attention with which you have heared what I have said respecting the affairs of our Country at London, has inspired me with the liveliest sentiments of gratitude, and, I know that I ask much, when I ask for more of your valuable time: but, believing as I do, that it is your wish to do perfect justice to all the public servants, and, knowing that this cannot be done without a complete knowledge of their cases, I beg leave to call your attention to the three Documents herewith transmitted: two of them are short,1 and the other (the Copy of Mr. Dickins’s letter to the Secretary of State dated Septr. 27th. 1811)2 perhaps you read last year, if not, I hope that you will now do it. I am, Sir, With the greatest respect, Your very humble Servant,
RC and enclosures (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Dickins”). For enclosures, see nn. 1 and 2.
1. Ripley probably enclosed two letters in support of Asbury Dickins’s candidacy for the London consulate: a copy of a 27 Sept. 1811 testimonial (1 p.) signed by William Vaughan and thirteen other American merchants in London and a 7 Apr. 1812 letter (2 pp.; in French) written by Capt. Joseph Louis de Beaulieu.
2. For Dickins’s letter to Monroe and additional correspondence recommending Dickins for the London consulate, see William Cobbett to JM, 12 June 1812, PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (5 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends , 4:471–72 and n. 1.
3. Ripley was employed in the American consular office in London from April 1810 to August 1812. JM later nominated him to be a captain in the Thirty-seventh Infantry Regiment effective 30 Apr. 1813 (Ripley to Monroe, 17 Nov. 1812 [DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Dickins”]; 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 , 2:431).