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To James Madison from John Taylor, 4 January 1815

From John Taylor

Senate. Jany. 4th 1815


I am told that very high credentials are in the Secretary of State’s office in favour of my old school mate Edmund J Lee, you must know more of him than I do.1 But a long intimacy & Friendship which I have been happy enough to enjoy with this modest & as I think unassuming Gentleman, induces me to feel an interest in his welfare & prosperity, & if his known diligence & capacity for Business should in your opinion render his appointment as a Judge of this District proper; I should sincerely rejoice at it.2 I should not feel any intolerance towards my friend for his politics, for a mild & considerate party man is now so rare, that with one party at least, I hail these qualities as Virtues. With great respect & esteem Yours truly

John Taylor

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Taylor and Edmund Jennings Lee had both entered the College of New Jersey in 1788, and were members of the Cliosophic Society there (Woodward and Craven, Princetonians, 1784–1790, 521–22; Looney and Woodward, Princetonians, 1791–1794, 185).

2For JM’s nomination for the position, see John Peter and others to JM, ca. 6 Jan. 1815, and n. 1.

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