James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Larkin Smith, 3 May 1809

From Larkin Smith

King & Queen Virginia May 3d. 1809


Having at all times felt the most ardent desire to promote the interest and happiness of my Country, and to give my zealous support to a Government which I consider to be entirely calculated to produce these desirable effects; I now take the liberty to suggest to your Excellency the advantages which I believe would result, from the appointment of an officer of intelligence, and correct political principles, to command the military forces that may be stationed in the garrison at Norfolk. There is no place in our country more inveterate and hostile to the late, and the present Administrations, than that of the more wealthy and influential part of Norfolk. An appointment of the above discription, with other auxiliary aids that will be given, would certainly produce a salutary effect in relation to the Government, and will give it’s friends a standing of much weight and respectability. I have the honor to be Sir with high Esteem & respect your Excellencies Most Obt. Servant.

Larkin Smith1

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Larkin Smith (1745–1813) served as customs collector for the district of Norfolk and Portsmouth from 1807 until his death (Richmond Enquirer, 8 Oct. 1813; Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 2:57, 450; see also PJM description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (1st ser., vols. 1–10, Chicago, 1962–77, vols. 11–, Charlottesville, Va., 1977—). description ends , 14:100 n. 1).

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