From Edmund Randolph
May 28. 1794.
The Secretary of State has the honor of informing the President, that the most respectable merchants here recommend Joseph Wilson, as Consul for Dublin; he being a man, who has lived in Philadelphia for many years; and holds considerable property in the city.1
Connyngham and Nesbitt are satisfied, that a consul cannot be in any respect necessary at Rouen at this time; as the trade from hence with that place is very small in time of peace; and of war, almost nothing.2
The Dutch will not receive a consul at Surinam.
It is extremely difficult to get a proper man for Paris. It will be perhaps better to let Colo. Monroe find out a fit character, & notify him here; for if we should happen to hit upon a character, whose politics are doubtful, the U.S. will be greatly injured. In the mean time Colo. Monroe may appoint that person to act as agent of the U.S., until a commission can be sent to him.
So that, if the President approves, the only addition to the list will be of Joseph Wilson for Dublin.3
AL, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, Domestic Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State.
1. Joseph Wilson (d. 1809) served as consul at Dublin from this appointment until his death.
2. John Maxwell Nesbitt (c.1728-1802) emigrated from Ireland to Philadelphia in the 1750s and soon became partner with Redmond Conyngham in the firm Conyngham and Nesbitt, by this time Conyngham, Nesbitt & Co., with David Hayfield Conyngham. Nesbitt was also a director of the Bank of North America, 1781–92, and the first president of the Insurance Company of North America, 1792–96.