James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Theo. Gourdin, 4 March 1815

Washington 4th. March 1815


Having understood that the Nomination of Mr. Dickins as Consul to London Was rejected by the Senate, permit me to bring to your Recollection the application of John S. Cogdell Esquire of Charleston S. Carolina. The application in his behalf Was signed by the Representatives from Carolina & directed to the Acting Secretary of State. This Gentleman is an undeviating supporter of the Republican Administration, his accomplished Manners & Talents, fits Him for the appointment, his friendship for others & Family connections has drawn Him into sacrifices Which induces Him to wish to be absent a few Years, his income Will not admit Him to do so without some appointment with a Salary such as that at London Paris. He can accept I presume of none which has not a Salary attached to it

Knowing the pressing business before you & the acting Secretary of State has induced me to believe it Possible that Mr. Cogdells application might have been overlooked, this alone has induced me to trespass on your time & for which I ask your indulgence I have the Honor to be Sir Yours with the greatest Respect

Theo. Gourdin

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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