James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Tobias Lear, 22 July 1808


Algiers, July 22d. 1808.

My dear Sir,

I take the liberty of putting under cover ⟨to you⟩ a letter for my mother and one for my son, from neither of whom ⟨have⟩ I heard anything for two years past. You will readily con⟨ceive⟩ the anxiety I feel to know of the welfare of persons so near and ⟨dear⟩ to me.

As I have not heard from the Gentleman ⟨(Captn.⟩ George Lang of Portsmouth N. H.) with whom I left my pecuniary ⟨concer⟩ns for the support of my mother and son, for some years past, ⟨I am⟩ apprehensive lest they should have suffered some incon⟨venie⟩nce from the want of the proper means of support, and for ⟨his ed⟩ucation. May I ask the favor of you to have enquiries ⟨made⟩ on this subject; and to have advanced out of the mone due ⟨to me⟩ from the United States, which you will see from my accounts ⟨trans⟩mitted herewith, one or two thousand dollars, to furnish ⟨the pr⟩oper support of my mother and son, and for his education? ⟨And⟩ I will also intrude so far on your friendship as to beg ⟨you w⟩ould inform yourself of his Situation, progress in his Education, ⟨and⟩ the walk of life for which he may be qualified.

I have no hesitation in asking these ⟨favo⟩rs of you, from my confidence in your personal friendship ⟨for m⟩e, as well as from you knowledge of my situation precluding me from paying that minute attention to them which I sho⟨uld⟩ do was I able to communicate freely with them.

My public dispatches herewith will give ⟨a⟩ full detail of every thing here.

Mrs. Lear unites with me in respects and best wishes for your good Lady and yourself; and I beg you ⟨to⟩ be assured of the invariable attachment with which I have the honor to be My dear Sir, Your sincere friend and Obliged Servt.

Tobias Lear

P. S. Mrs. Lear puts under this a letter for her Brother which she will be much obliged by having forwarded to h⟨im.⟩

DNA: RG 59--CD--Consular Despatches, Algiers.

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