James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Charles Biddle and Others, 23 February 1813 (Abstract)

§ From Charles Biddle and Others

23 February 1813, Philadelphia. “We the Subscribers having full confidence in the integrity capacity and patriotism of Samuel McCall1 a Native Citizen of Philadelphia now resident in South America beg leave to recommend him as a fit character to fill the situation of Consul of the U. States at the port of Rio Janeiro.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “McCall”). 1 p. Signed by Biddle and four others.

1Samuel McCall (1776–1842) had traveled as a fortune seeker to South America and China but returned to Philadelphia where in 1798 he joined the First Troop of Philadelphia Light Horse. He resigned from the cavalry in 1810 and took up mercantile pursuits in Brazil (Gregory B. Keen, “The Descendants of Jöran Kyn, The Founder of Upland,” PMHB description begins Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. description ends 6 [1882]: 215; Lambert Cadwalader to James Monroe, 17 Feb. 1813 [DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “McCall”]).

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