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James R. Morse, American Trading Company, Mr. Dun, Mr. Babbitt, Yokohama, Lucy Wortham James
The document is a carbon copy of a typed letter from the Assistant Secretary of State to James R. Morse concerning the appointment of personnel to the foreign service.
Francis Mairs Huntington-Wilson
James R. Morse
Folder 1-8, Document 180
August 4, 1909.
My dear Morse:
There was no possibility at all of getting Mr. Dun considered for the Chinese mission. I am awfully sorry to hear you say that he is in hard luck. I sincerely hope he will find some business occupation in Japan. As for the foreign service, there seems no opening. You know there are no consular appointments now made excepting after examination and no one is admitted to the service who has passed the age of fifty.
With regard to Mr. Babbitt, I am very glad to hear so well of him. We shall be very glad to consider his designation for examination so soon as the proportional representation of his State may permit. Of course, if he were examined and passed he would be eligible only for a consulate of one of the two lowest classes. The big posts, like Yokohama, would of course be filled by the transfer or promotion of some one already occupying a consulate of one of the intermediate grades.
I should like you and your friends to understand what we are trying to do in the way of regularizing matters of personnel in the foreign service, so I enclose, in case you have time to look them over, pamphlets, application forms, etc., covering the different corps in the consular service, and also the secretaryships in the diplomatic service.
My wife and I expect to pass through New York before long and I shall try to look you up at that time. Hoping you are well after your trip, I remain, always,
Very sincerely yours,
James R. Morse, Esquire,
President, American Trading Company,
25 Broad Street, New York City.
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Huntington-Wilson, Francis Mairs, "Letter From Francis Mairs Huntington-Wilson to James R. Morse, August 4, 1909" (1909). Other Correspondence. 155.