James Madison Papers

James Madison to Henry Clay, 27 August 1825

Aug. 27. 1825

Dr Sir

I was lately called on by Docr Waugh a physician in this quarter esteemed for his professional skill, with a request that I would name his son to the proper Dept. as an applicant for bearing public dispatches abroad, should there be occasion for such a service. The youth is represented as of promising talents & character. The wish to procure for him some employment, which will carry him beyond seas, and to a Southern Climate, in preference, proceeds from a hope that such a trip may arrest a complaint, which if not soon arrested will be of dangerous tendency, and from the limited resources of the family, which would not well bear the expence of the experiment. I have not presumed to flatter hopes of success in this application, well knowing the uncertainties involved in it; But I could not refuse to hand in the name of an interesting son of an anxious parent, for consideration & comparison with others having a like object. For this intrusion even I must ask your excuse, tendering at the same time assurances of my distinguished esteem & respect

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