James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Henry Cooper, 7 November 1806


London 7th. November 1806


In the Months of Decemr. 1802. & July 1803, I had the Honor to address you on the Subject of my resignation of the Appointment of Consul of the United States of America for the Island of St. Croix & its dependancies, in consequence of my then in⟨abil⟩ity to attend personally to the duties of that Office from extreme ⟨i⟩ll health, & sollicited a Successor in that Department. As no new ⟨a⟩ppointment however took place, & as my Health was some time ⟨a⟩fter considerably restord, I naturally continued to perform the functions of that Office, until I was again compell’d from my ⟨w⟩eak State to quit the Island late in July last, & as it is now my purpose & intention to pass the remainder of my Life in Europe, I have thought it my Duty Sir, thro you, again to address his Excellency the President of the United States, with a repeti⟨ti⟩on of my Resignation, & to request, by the Appointment of a Successor, I may be reliev’d from any Responsibility that might attend the Substitution which I thought it proper to make at my ⟨de⟩parture.

Having in my former Correspondence ⟨ta⟩ken the liberty of recommending Mr. Edward Dewhurst, I have understood that he has been nominated to the Office. I should naturally, had not this Gentleman unfortunately been absent at the time of my quitting the Country, have left the Office in his charge, where I may venture to repeat I should consider it most unexceptionably placed. With much Esteem & Respect I am Sir, Your Most Humble Servant

Henry Cooper

DNA: RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, St. Croix.

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