James Madison Papers

William Browne to James Madison, 4 March 1824

Fredg. 1824 March 4th


Being an entire stranger, I feel considerable hesitation in addressing you; The interest I feel however in the welfare of the Gentleman in whose behalf I write, will, I trust excuse the liberty. If I mistake not, an acquaintance has for some time existed between you and Wm. S. Stone Esqr of this place. I am nearly connected with Mr Stone, having married into his family, and have had an opportunity of ascertaining that misfortune has pressed hard on him; commercial difficulties have swept away most of his property, and left him, in the decline of life, with a family, in a great measure dependant on his personal exertions for support. Under these circumstances I have ventured to bespeak your influence in obtaining a situation for him under the government. I observe from the papers that several vacancies have lately occurred, and very recently that of auditor to the Navy Department by the death of Col Freeman.

Of Mr. Stones entire capability of discharging with credit, the duties of any situation connected with the financial concerns of a department I expect you are informed. Mr. Stone is entirely uninformed of the step I have taken, and I should wish him to remain totally ignorant of it. I know well his delicacy of feeling, on matters of this kind and that his feelings would be severely wounded, were he ever to learn that such an application had been made. Respectfully, Sir, your obt St.

Wm. Browne

P. S. Since writing the above, I am informed by Mr Stone of his intention to go on to the city this afternoon, probably with the intention of applying for the situation I have before alluded. Your assistance would be most thankfully acknowledged.


RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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