James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Woodbury Langdon, 6 February 1802

From Woodbury Langdon

Portsmouth February 6th: 1802


I am honored with yours of the 15th: January1 and shall duly attend to its contents.

I understand that the printers of the Republican Ledger in this town who are republicans have received directions from you to print the Laws of the United States and that John Melcher the printer of the New Hampshire Gazette in this town a very high federalist has also received the same directions.2 As I think the appointment of Mr. Melcher may have arisen from mistake either in the character you may have had of Mr. Melcher who always has been a very high federalist and very troublesome in our elections or which I think is more likely, you might have intended the appointment for E. Russell who is a high republican and publishes the Republican Gazette in the town of Concord in this State which is nearly in the centre of the State where the Legislature generally sits and where the Laws of the United States were published during the late Administration by one Hough a very high federalist—I have taken the liberty to mention this circumstance that if a mistake and thought of sufficient importance it may now be easily rectified.3 I have the honor to be—Your most Hble: Servt

Woodbury Langdon4

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