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To James Madison from Francis Walker Gilmer, 9 April 1824

From Francis Walker Gilmer

Richmond April 9th. 1824.

Dear Sir,

In the mission on which, you, and the other visitors have deputed me, I must of necessity rely a good deal on the representations of others abroad. It is of great importance therefore, that I should have the assistance of men of talent, learning, and integrity. Excuse me then for asking of you the favor to give me two letters, one to our Minister Mr. Rush, and the other to Sr. James Mackintosh.1 You cannot have any personal acquaintance with Sr. James, I know, but suppose that will not be necessary, between men whose fame is so well known to each, for a purpose so exclusively Literary. Be good enough to inclose the letters, (should you give them) to me, at this place. Yours with great respect &c

Francis W. Gilmer

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Sir James Mackintosh (1765–1832) was a physican, lawyer, and writer on philosophical, historical, and political subjects. He was a member of Parliament from 1813 until his death. For JM’s characterization of Mackintosh, see JM to Richard Rush, 17 Apr. 1824.

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