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To James Madison from Richard Forrest, 27 August 1809

From Richard Forrest

Augt 27. 1809

Dear Sir,

In the letter which I had the honor to write you about a week since,1 I stated that Mr. McKeehan had gone to Phila., but meant to return to Geo Town in a few days, which he accordingly did on saturday last; when I stated to him the substance of what I had recd. from you on the subject of his application. He was to have proceeded on next Morn’g for Orange, which he seemed to think a necessary Mark of respect. I howevery [sic] quietted his apprehensions on that head by assuring him that it was not usual. The enclosed letter is from him,2 in which I presume he has unfolded his veiws. His age is about forty, and his person and address rather in his favor. He requires however, to be spoken to in a Note rather beyond the common pitch of the voice to make [him] hear distinctly. I send you some of the last Papers and remain with the highest respect Your Obt. Sert

Rd. Forrest

RC (ViU). For enclosure, see n. 2.

1Letter not found.

2David McKeehan to JM, 15 Aug. 1809 (DLC). In this five-page letter McKeehan says deafness has prevented him from pursuing a career in law, and adds “that in my opinion the government is under some obligation to extend the protection of the Country to persons whose misfortunes have deprived them of those means of supporting themselves … when their misfortunes and infirmities do not render them incapable of discharging their duties.” Asks JM to consider him for “any trust,” promising to carry out his duties “with correctness and fidelity.” Implores JM to answer him by directing a reply “to me at the Union Tavern, Georgetown,” and offers to come to Montpelier if necessary.

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