James Madison Papers

James Madison to [James Monroe], 21 October 1823

Montpellier Ocr 21. 1823.

Dear Sir

The friends of Mr Geo: Conway now of Alabama, who are among my near & much respected Neighbours, understanding that an Office of Register of land, is become vacant by the election of its holder to Congress, are anxious that I should name him for consideration in appointing a successor. Notwithstanding the claim they think they have to my favorable attention, I yield to their wishes with a reluctance I can not suppress on such occasions, but not without a confidence in the testimony borne to the personal worth & capacity of Mr Conway. He is I learn from those best acquainted with him, of the strictest integrity, of most amiable dispositions, and has been bred a Clerk, tho’ I am not able to say in what official School. With high & cordial respect

James Madison

RC (DLC: Monroe Papers); draft (DLC).

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