James Madison Papers

John Myers to James Madison, 2 May 1827

Washington May 2d. 1827

Dear Sir

I believe you know both personally, & by reputation, my father Moses Myers esq of Norfolk, who is put in nomination by his friends for the office of Collector of that port, now vacant. He has never asked his government for an office, during a long life of activity, & many public services & acts of patriotism. Now retired from business, & not in easy circumstances, this trust is asked. It is one of very moderate emolument indeed, but it is respectable, & suited to his moral habits, & mercantile experience. It is a maxim with me not to ask, what cannot with perfect propriety be granted. May I solicit from you a few lines in his behalf to the Secretary of the Treasury, or President?

The only excuse I can offer for this freedom, is the little acquaintance you have of me while Aid-de Camp to General Taylor during the late War. Upon that remembrance likewise I beg to be most respectfully presented to Mrs. M. With great respect

Jno. Myers

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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