James Madison Papers

Alexander Scott to James Madison, 8 August 1827

Washington 8th Aug 1827

Dear Sir

After your great kindness in the loan you were so kind as to make me, it is imposing on generous feelings to make any further request—But at this time I assure you I am in distress—We owe twenty five dollars for house rent, and unless we can raise it our little furniture (a present to Mrs Scott) will be sacraficed—If God spares my life, it shall with the other, be faithfully repaid—

Often have I, with great pleasure, when it was in my power accommodated my friends—To Mr Newman, of Port-Tobacco, I lent upwards of ten thousand dollars which he held for several years; and to Mr John Pope (of Kentucky) I lent $1900 for two years—I did not then anticipate that the time wou’d come, when I shou’d be distressed for so small a sum—Had Mr Crawford been President I shou’d have been comfortable and provided for—It is truly mortifying to me to apply to you again but we are in great distress. I am Dr Sir with great respect your obedt Sert

Alexander Scott

P S I now reside in Washington

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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