§ From Elbridge Gerry
9 February 1813, Cambridge. “The bearer John Appleton Esqr,1 one of the Consuls of the U.States, is a neighbour of mine, & proposes to pay his respects to you at Washington. His object, as he informs me, is to express his readiness, as he has much leisure time, to occupy it in any public employment which may be for the mutual benefit of the Publick & himself, in this quarter. Mr Appleton is a firm friend to Government, & has been uniform in his republican principles & conduct.”
RC (DLC). 1 p. Docketed by JM.
1. John Appleton (1758–1829), son of Boston merchant Nathaniel Appleton and brother of U.S. consul at Leghorn Thomas Appleton, was appointed commercial agent at Calais in 1802 and resigned that post in 1807 (PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (8 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 3:140 n. 1; John Appleton to JM, 20 June 1807 [DNA: RG 59, CD, Calais]).