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From James Madison to Alexander J. Dallas, 23 April 1815

To Alexander J. Dallas

Montpelier Apl. 23. 1815

Dear Sir

I have recd. yours of the 20th. and return the correspondence with Genl: Ripley. I hope it will be followed by all the advantages which it promises. I rcd. yesterday from Mr. Graham a blank brevet Commission for him.1 It was suggested that a reference might be inserted to the Resolution of Congs. Unless some valuable purpose wd. be attained by it, it may be best to decline a precedent which might in unforeseen cases be embarrassing. I leave the decision with yourself, as I do on the returned recommendation of Trevett for the vacancy in the Revenue Cutter at Boston;2 so also on that stated in Dr. Blakes letter inclosed.3 Affe. respects

James Madison

RC (CSmH). For surviving enclosure, see n. 3.

2See JM to Elbridge Gerry, 5 July 1814, PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (9 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends 8:9.

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