James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Hendrick W Gordon, 8 March 1815

Boston 8th. March 1815.


The peace lately concluded between the United States & Great Britain so honorable to our Country, and the satisfaction one of its Citizens would derive from owning in any Country that he was an American, together with a strong wish to visit Europe, has induced me to ask of the President in the most respectfull manner, for the Office of Consul to some commercial port in Europe, such an one as he may be pleased to appoint me to.

I will barely add, that the want of employment for the support of a little family, is a Circumstance which I am persuaded will not escape the consideration of the President.

The late President Adams, William Plumer late Governor of NHampshire, William Gray and Ebenr. Seavers Esquires, have made you acquainted with my character and fitness for public employment. Should I be so fortunate as to obtain the Office I have asked for, I can assure the President that by my exertions, & strict attention to the duties of it, I hope to testify my sence of the obligation, I am under to my Country & to those, through whom I have attained it. I have the honor to be with great Respect, Sir, your most Obedient Servant

Hendrick W Gordon

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

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