James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Carter Beverley, 22 June 1808

Virginia Culpeper County 22nd. June 1808.

Dr. Sir

From the very polite reception given to me last Winter when at the City of Washington by Mrs. Madison & yourself, I took the liberty shortly after of addressing you through the medium of Mr. Taylor touching an appointment for a Friend of Mine. As you were so obliging as to promise me your good offices in endeavoring to secure to me a Contract w. the Government for which I then solicited the several Departments of War & Navy, I now again presume to trouble you on the subject. I have just address’d a letter to Genl. Dearborn offering myself for the Contract agreeably to his Advertisement of the 12th. of May, in which it is express’d that two thousand Stands of Muskets a year for five years are wanted. The letter I bore to you from our Friend Mr John Strode, gave a sufficient description of my ability to encompass a Measure of the kind w. the Government; There remains consequently little necessity for me to say now, that there in point of situation & every other circumstance, no person has a better opportunity than I have of dealing largely & with punctuality. I prefer giving a security upon a large landed Estate, to personal Sureties spoken of by the Secretary. The alteration must be a very immaterial one I presume. Permit me to solicit your Interest in the business, and to assure you, that should I meet w. success, there shall no possible exertion be wanting on my part to merit the perfect Confidence of the department.

I beg the favor of my respectful Compliments to Mrs. Madison.

This letter will be presented by my Friend Robert H. Voss Esqr., who has undertaken to wait on you also. I am Dr. Sir W. every Consideration of Respect yr. Mo: Ob. Servt.

Carter Beverley


I omitted to say how very important it is to my Iron Affairs that I should receive speedy information of the Certainty of my Obtaining the Contract. I must therefore beg of you to communicate to Mr. Voss the result of your interference in my favor &c.

Carter Beverley

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