James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Isaac Coffin, 17 May 1817

From Isaac Coffin

Charleston. S. Carolina 17th. May 1817

Dear Sir

Now that you have quitted the Helm of your Country & retired to private Life, on which Occasion I most sincerely congratulate you & Mrs. Madison, you may be able to recollect the kind promise made some time since to procure me some wild Turkies. Should you succeed, I dare hope Mr. Todd will find some Friend at Baltimore, who will take charge of them, & in the event of their being consigned to the care of Messrs Thos. Earle & Co. Liverpool, I have great Hopes they will reach England in safety, if they are sent early in the Spring.

That you may long live to enjoy your health, with Mrs. M. to whom I request to be kindly remembered is the sincere Wish of dear Sir your faithful hum. ob Servant

Isaac Coffin1

PS. I sail tomorrow for England


1Sir Isaac Coffin (1759–1839) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and began his career as an officer in the British navy during the American Revolution. He remained in active service until ill-health forced him in 1794 to accept a variety of administrative posts. Notwithstanding, he was made a baronet in 1804 and was promoted further in the navy, advancing to the rank of admiral in 1814. He later served as a member of Parliament from 1818 to 1826.

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