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To George Washington from James Madison, 14 December 1792

From James Madison

[Philadelphia] Decr 14. 92

Mr Madison presents his respectful compliments to the President, and informs him that Mr Johnson⟨,⟩ the candidate for the light-house appointment, having left the City yesterday morning, it cannot now be ascertained how far he is apprised of the limited provision annexed to the place.1

AL, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters.

1For background on John Waller Johnston’s unsuccessful attempts to obtain an appointment as the lighthouse keeper at Cape Henry, Va., see Alexander Hamilton to GW, 22 Sept., n.6, and Thomas Jefferson to GW, 8 Dec. 1792, and note 2. The salary for the Cape Henry lighthouse keeper was $266.66 in 1792 (see ASP, Miscellaneous, description begins Walter Lowrie et al., eds. American State Papers. Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 vols. Washington, D.C., Gales and Seaton, 1832–61. description ends 1:68).

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