James Madison Papers

Alexander Scott to James Madison, 24 March 1825

George Town March 24th 1825

Dear Sir

I am still unfortunately an applicant for office, and very reluctantly troublesome to my friends—In my appointment to Pensacola I was disappointed; the place not only being destitute of commerce, but there being no chance of improvement—The sterility of the neighbourhood and want of a back country are insuperable obstacles to its prosperity—

Previous to Mr Monroe’s leaving Washington he sent me a letter, of which I enclose a copy attested by Mr Lee; I also take the liberty to inclose copies of letters written by my friends Judge Washington and Mr Wirt which are not only strong testamonials from the high respectability of the writers, but their long and intimate acquaintance with my character. In the three appointments I held, I not only never was a defaulter, but on a settlement in each case the UStates owed me a small balance Mr Lee has examined the accounts & I transmit his statement This fact I think ought to be taken into consideration.

Under these circumstances Sir, and with these documents before you if you feel authorized, and it is perfectly agreeable to you, a few lines from you in my favor, either addressed to myself (as Mr Monroes letter) or to Mr Adams or Mr Clay would be considered a great obligation and most particular kindness With great respect and esteem I am Sir yr most obedt Servt

Alexander Scott

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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