James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Monroe, 21 December 1818

From James Monroe

Washington decr. 21. 1818

Dear Sir

General King1 of the district of Maine in Massachusetts, being desirous, of making you a visit, I take much pleasure in promoting his wishes by giving him this introduction to you. His steady & firm attachment to the principles of our govt., & support of it, in the late war, by very meritorious services, are known to you. I hope that you derive no inconvenience from this severe attack of cold weather. With great respect & sincere regard yours

James Monroe


1William King (1768–1852), half-brother of Rufus King, was a merchant, shipbuilder, and Massachusetts state politician from Bath (District of Maine). He served in the War of 1812 as a militia major general, and after July 1813 as a colonel in the U.S. Army. King was an active supporter of Maine’s secession from Massachusetts and served as the new state’s first governor, 1820–21 (PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (6 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984—). description ends , 5:511 n. 1).

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