From John Drayton
South Carolina Charleston September 3d: 1821.
I have the honor to present you, Memoirs of the American Revolution, lately written and published by me here:1 hoping they may bring to your notice, some events, which have not been publickly known of a Revolution, in which you bore so honorable a part.
Hoping that you may live many years, to enjoy the honors you have received, and the good wishes of your fellow Citizens, I am Sir With gratefull respect and consideration Yr: most ob Sert.
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.
1. John Drayton, Memoirs of the American Revolution, from Its Commencement to the Year 1776, Inclusive; As Relating to the State of South-Carolina (Charleston, 1821; Shoemaker 5206).
2. John Drayton (1776–1822) of Drayton Hall, near Charleston, South Carolina, was a state politician and writer who served as governor, 1800–1802 and 1808–10. JM appointed Drayton judge of the U.S. court for the district of South Carolina in 1812, and he served in that position until his death (Sobel and Raimo, Biographical Directory of the Governors, 4:1390–91; John Drayton to JM, 21 May 1812, PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends 4:406, 407 n. 1).