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To James Madison from Richard H. Love, 4 May 1824

From Richard H. Love

Next to Jeffersonton P. Office Culpeper
May 4th 1824.

Dear Sir,

Being desireous of obtaining one of the Boarding Houses of the University, and not knowing the proper source of application, I beg leave of making known my views to you, as I presume you are still one of its’ visiters—And would esteem it as a favour if I could be so fortunate in obtaining your support. I shall be able to adduce the most satisfactory letters. May I expect the favour of a reply from you? Accept assureances of the highest consideration from your ob H St

Richard H Love1

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM, with his note: “answd. by referring him to the Proctor.”

1Richard H. Love, a resident of Culpeper County, Virginia, married Eliza Matilda Lee, daughter of Ludwell Lee, in 1811. Love applied for a government position in 1825 and 1827 (Hopkins et al., Papers of Henry Clay, 6:213). It was to Rokeby, Love’s plantation outside Washington, that Dolley Madison came the night the British burned Washington (The Madisons’ Travels in Virginia during the British Occupation of Washington, 24–26 August 1814, Editorial Note, PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (8 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends , 8:137–41).

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