. Joshua Johnson (1742–1802), born in Calvert co., Md., brother of Gov. Thomas Johnson
of Maryland, was employed in London as factor of an Annapolis shipping firm until
the Revolution. He then crossed to France en route to America, but having several
small children he was discouraged by the prospect of a long sea voyage and settled
as a merchant at Nantes, where he undertook various commissions for both Congress
and the State of Maryland.
visited the Johnsons in Nantes before returning to America in 1779. Johnson returned
to London after the war and served as first U.S. consul there, 1790–1797. While on
diplomatic service in London,
courted Johnson's daughter Louisa Catherine (1775–1852), and was married to her in
, Autobiography, under the present date
; entry of 14 April 1779
, below; Md. Hist. Mag.
, 42:214–215 (Sept. 1947);
, 15:1126; Archives of Maryland
, Baltimore, 1883–, 21:7, 140; 43:225; 47:79; Edward S. Delaplaine, The Life of Thomas Johnson
, N.Y., 1927, p. 14; Bemis,
, 1:79–82; letter of Julia B. Carroll, Foreign Affairs Branch, The National Archives,
to the editors, 22 Oct. 1959.