James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Alexander J. Dallas, 16 May 1815

Montpelier May 16. 1815

Dear Sir

I have recd. your two letters both of the 14th. I know of no objection to your proposed additions to or changes on the list of retained officers, unless it may be in the erasure of B. Peyton. If he be the young gentleman who has been employed at or in the neighbourhood of Charlottesville (Va.). I have heard him spoken of as ⟨m⟩erit, & much esteemed by some whose esteem would be an ⟨   ⟩ I have no personal knowlege of him. You may perhaps have the means of ascertaining the extent of his pretensions, in comparison with others, standing in the way of Majr. Bankhead. Affece. respects

James Madison


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