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Hugh Mercer to James Madison, 27 July 1827

Fredericksbg, July 27th 1827—

Dear Sir,

Mr Jos. W. Farnum the junior professor in the academy of this place, intending to pass the ensuing month of Vacation in travelling beyond our mountains for Health & improvement, is desirous of paying his respects to you & Mrs Madison in the progress of his journey, & has requested a letter of Introduction from me—

Mr Farnum is a native of Providence, Rhode Island, he has resided some years in this place & its vicinity, always in the Character of an Instructor of Youth, & has gained by his great private worth, the esteem & respect of us all—Added to this, he is a young Gentleman of fine classical learning & much literary attainment—I have pleasure in giving him this letter to you—I am—with the highest respect, Dear Sir, your friend & St,

Hugh Mercer

I beg my hi<ghest?> respects & Compliments to Mrs Madison—

RC (owned by Susan Lyman, Boston, Mass.).

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