James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Thomas Worthington, 20 June 1801

To Thomas Worthington

Washington June 20. 1801


The Bearer Mr Shields1 having occasion to visit to the N. Western territory, where he will be an entire stranger, I avail myself of the slight acquaintance I have with you, as an apology for introducing him to your attention.2 He has long been known to me, and I feel myself bound in justice to say of him, that he has a well-informed mind, irreproachable integrity, good qualifications for business in several branches, and of great modesty of disposition. I have not enquired into his particular object in his proposed trip, but have no doubt that it will appear to be entitled to patronage. Very respectfully I am Sir, Your Most Obedt. servant

James Madison

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