James Madison Papers

From James Madison to William Pinkney, 8 December 1809

To William Pinkney


Decr. 8. 1809

Dear Sir

The Bearer Mr. McRae, heretofore Lieutenant Governor of Virginia is represented to me as about to visit Europe with views not only creditable to himself, but promising advantage to his Country. I have so far therefore departed from a general rule, as to give him this introduction to you, not doubting that he will receive whatever patronage he may satisfy you, his objects merit. I only add a request, that as I make this letter altogether a private one, and wish to limit its effect to yourself, no reference may be made to it in any with which you may favor Mr. McRae, to others. Accept my friendly respects

James Madison

RC (NjP: Pinkney Papers). Cover marked by JM, “Mr. McRae.” Docketed by Pinkney.

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