James Madison Papers

William P. DuVal to James Madison, 14 November 1826

Tallahassee Novr. 14th: 1826

Dear Sir

Coln. Edgar Macon has been most wantonly and crewelly persecuted by a set of unprincipled and abandoned men in St Augustine–every attempt has been made by Judge Smith to put him down in disgrace and the Government by vile misrepresentations have also been deceived so far as to aid in depriving Mr Mcon of his office—I know this young gentleman to honorable, frank, and independant, and these traits of character constitute, all the offences and charges that have been made against him—So far as my support and limited influence could be exercised they were always used for his advantage and so long as I continue in my present station he shall find me ready to render him any service in my power I have ventured to write to you on this subject as you must feel some solicitude for Mr. Macon, and to assure you that whatever reports may reach you in relation to his conduct, which your own mind might condemn as improper, will prove to be false

Mr. Macon will triumph over his enimies and yet succeed I hope, as his friends may desire—I shall treat him as my son, and now hope in a short time to have his company here You may have learned that the People have elected him a member of our Council I am with great respect and esteem your obt Sevt

Wm P Duval

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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