James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Dawson, 7 July 1790

From John Dawson

Richmond July 7th. 1790

Dear Sir!

The Gentleman who will hand you this is a Mr. Austin, whom I take the liberty of introducing to your attention.1

He is interested in the establishment of a shot manufactory in this state, which the legislature has thought proper to encourage, & which promises to be productive of considerable advantage. Hi[s] wish is to get assistance from the general goverment in some2 or other—& I am confident you will forward that wish so far as from the statement he shall make it appears to you to be advantageous. With much respect & esteem Yr. friend & Serv

J Dawson


1The bearer of this letter was Stephen Austin, older brother of Moses Austin (1761–1821), whose son was Stephen F. Austin (1793–1836) of Texas. Originally from Connecticut, the Austin brothers had recently leased the Chiswell lead mines in southwestern Virginia. Congress responded to their request for aid by laying a duty of one cent per pound on imported lead (CVSP description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts (11 vols.; Richmond, 1875–93). description ends , V, 186; Beverley Randolph to Jefferson, 10 July 1790, Boyd, Papers of Jefferson description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson (19 vols. to date; Princeton, 1950—). description ends , XVII, 23 and n.; U.S. Statutes at Large description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17 vols.; Boston, 1848–73). description ends , I, 180).

2Dawson omitted a word here.

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