James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Elias Langham, 11 April 1789

From Elias Langham

Richmond 11th. April 1789.


I took the liberty some days ago to address a letter to you, relative to an Appointmt. that I wish to Solicit under the Federal Government. I then Observed that I shoud forward the best recommendations that I coud procure, for that Purpose.

I now inclose such recommendations as I have procured & beg leave to request your Attention thereto. As I am unacquainted with the nature of making such applications, I inclose the whole of my letters & papers to you, for your inspection, and if any alterations are necessary Shou’d be glad if you will make them.1

I shou’d be glad for Mr. Alexr. White to be acquainted with my intentiones, as he is in some measure an Acquaintance & perhaps may have approved of my Conduct in life, Also Mr. Moore who has been a member of Council for some time in this State.2 I shou’d be exceedingly Obliged if you will write me, and let me know your Opinion respecting the Arrangmt of the Military Stores departmt. I have the honor to be Your Most Obedt. Servant

Elias Langham

A letter by the Post will come safe to hand.3

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1These included a letter addressed to Congress, dated 11 Apr. 1789 (DLC: Washington Papers).

2Andrew Moore (1752–1821) of Rockbridge County served briefly on the Virginia Council of State before his election to Congress in 1789 (JCSV description begins H. R. McIlwaine et al., eds., Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia (4 vols. to date; Richmond, 1931—). description ends , IV, 305; Biographical Directory of Congress [1971 ed.], p. 1429).

3The postscript is written in the left margin.

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