James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Pendleton, 11 February 1789

From John Pendleton

Virga. Richmond 11 feb. ’89

Permit me, sir, to introduce to you Mr. Wm. Lambert a native of our State. He is employed on a public occasion which brings him to New York & is desirous of engaging in business in some department under the first arrangements of the Congress. I can speak of his talents with confidence because I judge from my own experience & I do assure [you] that, sir, he understands thoroughly the power of figures, Accounts, & book-Keeping methodically; is a very neat, expert penman; remarkably assiduous, careful, temperate.1 I have the honor, sir, to be with great respect & regard Your most obt. Servt.

J. Pendleton

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Lambert was a clerk who assisted in the preparation of the Virginia accounts with the U.S. He later became a clerk in the State Department (PJM description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (vols. 1–10, Chicago, 1962–77; vols. 11—, Charlottesville, Va., 1977—). description ends , X, 256–57 n. 1; Boyd, Papers of Jefferson description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson (19 vols. to date; Princeton, 1950—). description ends , XVII, 356 n., 358 n.).

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