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From James Madison to James Monroe, 31 January 1824

To James Monroe

Montpellier Jany. 31. 1824

Dear Sir

Col: Armstead Hoomes1 is on a visit to Washington with views which will be best explained by himself. As a mark of my respect, I can not withold a line which he will hand to you, altho’ I am aware that I can add nothing to your knowledge of his public and private worth, or to your disposition to befriend him in any way that may be permitted by other obligations. Should these be found no bar to a success that will be advantageous to him,2 I shall be of the number who will feel a pleasure in the result. With the highest respect.

Draft (DLC).

1Armistead Hoomes (ca. 1786–1827) was a Caroline County, Virginia, planter who served in the state militia as a captain of cavalry during the War of 1812, and in the state Senate, 1815–20. JM was a former schoolmate of Hoomes’s father, John (Richmond Enquirer, 6 Feb. 1827; Butler, Guide to Virginia Militia Units, 65, 258; Swem and Williams, Register description begins Earl G. Swem and John W. Williams, eds., A Register of the General Assembly of Virginia, 1776-1918, and of the Constitutional Conventions (Richmond, 1918). description ends , 388; John Hoomes to JM, 27 July 1789, PJM description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (1st ser., vols. 1–10, Chicago, 1962–77, vols. 11–17, Charlottesville, Va., 1977–91). description ends , 12:313 n. 2).

2JM first wrote “his purposes and prospects” here, then canceled the phrase and wrote “him” above it.

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