From Albert Gallatin
Decer. 11. 1812
The enclosed letter1 asserts positively that Hutchinson is warmly attached to the present administration. That from his connections & residence at Lisbon, he will be the most respectable & best appointment, I really believe. On those grounds, permit me once more to renew my application in his behalf. Cathcart is already placed, & will certainly give much less satisfaction to the commercial part of the community. He has no important political or mercantile connections. Respectfully Your obedt: Servt.
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.
1. The enclosure was probably an unaddressed 9 Dec. 1812 letter from Joseph S. Lewis on behalf of Israel P. Hutchinson (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Hutchinson, Israel P.”). JM nominated Hutchinson to be consul at Lisbon on 31 Dec. 1812 (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 , 2:313).