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To James Madison from James Monroe, 13 December 1802

From James Monroe

Richmond Decr. 13. 1802

Dear Sir

Major James Barbour of Orange has lately intimated a desire that I wod. make you acquainted with his wish to visit Europe in some station, in which he might render service while it contributed to defray his expence. The consulate, & the comn. to adjust claims with Spain are the objects to which his attention is directed. I think him a young man of genius & good capacity for business, and have no doubt with the instructions he wod. of course receive, that he wod. be well qualified for either station. His acquaintance with the law might be of some use in the latter case.

As Mr. Pintard passed here lately, he reminded me of his correspondence with me while he was at Madiera as Consul, and expressed a wish that I wod. state to you what I heard of his character abroad. I recollect hearing him often spoken of as a man of merit, and I think by many as a republican. I was under a very favorable impression of his claim to the good opinion of his countrymen and of his character generally, in reference to his office & in point of morality. I therefore very readily state what I recollect of him. Very sincerely I am Dear Sir yours

Jas. Monroe

Mr. Page is governor,1 Mr. Hay, Brokenborough member from Essex, & Grymes from Shanadoah are counsellors, in the place of Wood, White & Pendleton, the two first removed & the last resigned.2

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