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To James Madison from Tench Coxe, 18 August 1787

From Tench Coxe

Augt. 18th. 1787.

Dear Sir

Some matters of a good deal of consequence to myself render it necessary for me to be known to Mr. Jefferson—just so far as to take the liberty of addressing two or three letters to him. You will oblige me very much by favoring me with two copies of a short letter of introduction to go by different opportunities. It will be much more agreeable to me to receive them from you sealed than open. My situation in point of property is not essential, in the present Case, but principally my general estimation as a gentleman. A letter adapted to a personal introduction would answer every purpose, but I do not expect to make any use of those I may receive from you further than to enclose them in my first letter.1

I have no better Apology to make for this liberty than the sincere esteem for you with which I really am, Sir, Yr. mo. respectf. h. Servt

Tench Coxe

RC (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers). Docketed by JM.

1Coxe wrote to Jefferson on 3 Sept. 1787, presumably enclosing JM’s letter of 19 Aug. 1787 to Jefferson. Neither letter has been found (Boyd, Papers of Jefferson description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson (19 vols. to date; Princeton, 1950——). description ends , XII, 47, 93).

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