In Charleston October 12, 1808
I Will Thank you to read the inclosed & send instructions to General Armstrong respecting Young Mr. Maclure. His Father you see was a Citizen since 1786 & himself born here. They are respectable merchants & I will be much obliged to you to do what they request. We have had a very hard struggle here to carry our members & secure to You the vote of this state, but the thing is done & I beg you to read what the President will shew You on this subject. I intend when the hurry & Bustle we are in is over to write to you particularly on this subject & shew you the inveteracy of the federalists against You but You had firm confidential friends who went every length for you, & in spite of every private or interested consideration. I have never known such a struggle & hear 200 Votes in the City were given more than ever was taken before. I shall write You much more fully soon & remain dear Sir With regard & affection Yours Truly
DLC: Papers of James Madison.