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To James Madison from David Gelston, 13 March 1801

From David Gelston

New York March 13th. 1801

Dear Sir

Having just returned from attending our Legislature at Albany I take the earliest opportunity most sincerely to congratulate you and all good men on the late happy termination of our exertions and our struggles, and that we have happily succeeded in the Man of our choice, being scarcely if at all personally known to Mr. Jefferson, I take the liberty from former expressions of Friendship from you, to request your Interest in my favor with the President for the office of Collector of this Port, should that Office become vacant.1 I believe I may venture to say the Office in my hands would give as much satisfaction to our friends and I believe as little offence to our opponents as it would if placed in the hands of any other Person in this City. I shall be very happy to hear from you and am most respectfully Dear Sir very sincerely yours

David Gelston

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