July 20th. 1834.
I have received Sir your letter of the 10th. Inst. and would gladly furnish any information favourable to a just claim for Public service, but I have no recollection of the circumstance you mention or of any others which could avail yours.
There must indeed be a mistake in relation to the person on whom you called with communications from Govr. Jefferson—durring the period you refer to I was absent from the State, having been appointed a member of Congress in "79. & not having returned to the State until the end of "83. It may have been my Father, whose name I bear, he had been & then was Lieut. of the County—with respect
(signed) James Madison.