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JQA Diary, volume 30 5 December 1816
JQA Neal Millikan Elections, Presidential (1816)

5. VII:30. Mr John Winthrop came out and paid me a long visit. He is desirous of obtaining the appointment of Consul at Hamburg and wished me to write to the Secretary of State in his favour. But thinks it probable no appointment will be made until the new President comes into Office. He has no doubt that Mr Monroe will be elected, and says he has reason to believe, and it is generally understood that Mr Monroe will offer the Office of Secretary of State to me. He wishes therefore to bespeak my influence in his favour after my return to the United States which he is convinced will be next Spring— He says he was promised the Office of Navy Agent at Boston; three or four years ago: and that it was given by Paul Hamilton, then Secretary of the Navy, and through the influence of the Member of Congress Seaver, to a man named Amos Binney, who had no claim to it— I told Winthrop that I would readily write to the Secretary of State in his favour; but that I had no reason to suppose that the State Department would be offered to me, by Mr Monroe— Boyd had indeed told me that there was some talk of that kind at Washington; but I consider it all, as the mere gossiping, speculative distribution of public offices, which is always going on in the United States. Winthrop was about two hours here; and walked round the garden with me. He then returned to Brentford, to be taken up by a party with whom he had come out from London, and who were to dine at Twickenham.— I received this Morning Letters—from J. A. Smith, with notice that he has removed the Office and his lodgings from N. 13 to N: 28. Craven Street— From Coll. Aspinwall the Consul, in reply to mine of the 3d. about the Sailors— From Grubb, who has been to the Custom House, for the boxes addressed to me— That from Russia he expects to receive this day. The Portrait taken from Connell at Dover has been ordered to be sent to me at my own house— From W. Couling at Carmarthen; impatient for an answer to his proposals, from the Governor of Virginia; and distressed by disappointments in his business here.— From S. Bourne—Consul at Amsterdam—complaining, soliciting; and enclosing a Letter to the President of the United States to be forwarded— The second Post brought a Note from the Wurtemberg Minister General Neuffer; enclosing a new paper, for additional authentication. It is a Certificate from J. H. Ch. Helmuth, Minister of the German Lutheran St. Michael’s and Zion’s Congregation at Philadelphia, of an abstract from the records of that Congregation, of the burial there of a person named Bilger, one of its Members.— It is authenticated by the Mayor of Philadelphia, Robert Wharton, under the Seal of the City— General Neuffer wants an official visa upon it; but I know not precisely whose— I walked to Ealing and Gunnersbury. John and Charles dined at home; and when they returned to school, my wife and George, went with them, and spent the Evening with the young Ladies at Dr Nicholas’s— I passed it in my cabinet answering the Letters of Mr Schwabe, Mr Pfeffel the Bavarian Minister and W. Couling— I declined the invitation to attend and assist at the Meeting of the British and foreign School Society next Thursday.— For as this Society is made quite an affair of party in this Country, and as they made me an acting personage at the Meeting that I did attend last May I am by no means satisfied of the propriety of my attendance at all their Meetings— My wife & George came home between 11. and 12.