James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Eaton, 14 December 1815

Albany 14th. of Decr. 1815


I had the honour Several days ago, to forward to the Hon Post master Genl. recommendations in my favour from the first characters in our State.

I hope you will please to notice them, and also to recollect I have been very instrumental in the republican Cause- -viz a leader under Genl. Leib in Philada. from 1798 to 1804--& under Mr. Blackledge of N. C. from 1805 to 1811, and from 1811 to this day in this State. In 1804 I travelled 4000 miles and Electioneered to the utmost of my abilities in three States. From the 1st. of April 1813 to the first of April 1814, I travelled 6065 and was very successfull against the Federal party in this State for Govr. &. C.

When you Consider Sir that I am the Sincere friend of the Administration and that I have uniformly been Such, that, I am respectable, and poor but unembarrassed, that I have never been rewarded with an office, that the present office of Post master would greatly aid my family--I Cannot but hope, you will make Mr. Blackledges word good and aid in this favourable opportunity. I really shall feel Extremely grateful Sir for the favour--and you are too well acquainted with my wishes to doubt my Exertions in the cause of the Administration. In my note to you when I left Washington please to correct an Error--I then wrote for, "formally introduced" I wrote formerly introduced. With Sentiments of great Respect I am Sir Your most Obedt.

William Eaton

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