James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Henry Lee, 25 January 1790

From Henry Lee

Stratford 25h. Jany. 90

Dear Sir

I beg leave to make known to you the bearer Docr. Morrow.1

He was early engaged in the service of the U States as a naval surgeon. He continued in this employment thro various vicissitudes, suffering extreme hardships, & acquitted himself with honor & reputation.

He understands that naval hospitals will be established & wishes to resume his old employment.

His knowledge, his amiability of character, his past services & his present situation unite in rendering me very solicitous for his success.

Your aid as far as you may think proper will be extremely pleasing to Mr. Morrow ever esteemed by your aff. frien⟨d⟩

Henry Lee


1David Morrow, a resident of Port Royal in Caroline County, sought an appointment as superintendent of the marine hospital for Virginia. Morrow carried with him a petition and supporting documents, including a letter from Edmund Pendleton to JM. JM no doubt forwarded Morrow’s application to Washington (DLC: Washington Papers; JM to Pendleton, 4 Mar. 1790).

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