James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Elias Boudinot Caldwell, 11 April 1808

Washington April 11th. 1808.


Mr. Alfred Balch being desirous of going to Europe with the public dispatches about to be sent thither, has desired a letter from me. From an acquaintance of many years, I have great pleasure in stating, that I have no doubt he will execute any business confided to him with zeal, fidelity & attention. Mr. Balch is just entering into life, & conceives that a trip to Europe, would be of service to him. From the improvement he has made of the advantages, hitherto in his power, I have no doubt he would make the best use of this, & would prove himself worthy of the patronage of the government. I am with sentiments of the highest respect your most obedt. Set.

Elias B. Caldwell

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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