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James Madison to James Barbour, 13 October 1826

Ocr. 13th. 1826

Dr. Sir

I have just recd. a letter from Maj<r>. Byrd C Willis, of Tallahassee well known to you reminding me that I was the medium of an application for a Cadet Warrant in behalf of his son George, and requesting me to intimate that he has still the same object in view: and that as his son, "is no longer a Citizen of Virga, but hails from Florida," the former difficulty that the claim of Virginia had no room in it, will not be applicable. The Major has recollections also, of circumstances from which he draws hopes of finding good favorable dispositions both in your self & in Genl. McComb. I can say nothing, of my own knowledge, as to the merits of the youth in question; but am unapprized of any flaws in his character; and must be presumed, if there be none such, and the way be properly open for a birth at West point, to wish well to the application.

Draft (DLC).

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