James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Alexander Pope Price, 25 November 1799

From Alexander Pope Price

Orange Court House 25th Nov. ’99


With much diffidence I take the liberty of making you acquainted with my wish to serve the ensuing house of Delegates in the capacity of Clerk. My total unacquaintance with you would have prevented this direct communication, but the absence of Mr Geo. C Taylor1 who promised to mention this subject to you, and the near approach of the session of the assembly makes it necessary. I shall be glad if you will give yourself the trouble of enquiring into my character, and qualifications to discharge the duties of the office I solicit, (and perhaps my political opinions may be necessary to be known) and if on this enquirey you shall find me deserving your Confidence, I hope to have the honor of your patronage, I should here say something respecting my political opinions, but being Confident that they Coincide with those of a majority of the house, I avoid the subject, fearful that it might appear that I wished a reward for thinking right. I have the honor to be Sir Yr hume srvt

Alexr Pope Price2

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1George Conway Taylor was the son of Col. George Taylor of Orange County and JM’s second cousin. He served as a member of the Virginia Council of State for a short time in 1798 and was Orange County clerk until 1802 (VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. description ends , 19 [1911]: 286; CVSP description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts (11 vols.; Richmond, 1875–93). description ends , 8:461, 534; WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly. description ends , 1st ser., 5 [1896–97]: 67).

2Alexander Pope Price (1775–1805) of Fluvanna County was unsuccessful in his bid to be elected clerk of the Virginia House of Delegates (Richmond Enquirer, 19 July 1805).

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