James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Tench Coxe, 16 March 1789

From Tench Coxe

Philadelphia March 16th. 1789

Dear Sir

A very long acquaintance with Col. Saml. Hanson, who will have the honor to deliver you this letter, and the respectability and number of testimonials of his merits, which he carries with him to New York have induced me to trespass on your friendship. He goes as a candidate for some public employment for which his talents may be thought equal, and I wish to give him a chance of your support. His character, &, I believe, his veiws are not unknown to the president.1 When he shall have delivered his letters for New York they will also be made known in a Way very honorable to him to the Gentlemen of the Senate. I feel a great deal of reluctance, Sir, in taking this liberty, but were you acquainted with my friend I am satisfied you would make the same effort to serve him with a gentleman for whom you entertain the same very respectful sentiments, as are entertained for you by, Sir—your mo. obedt. and mo. affecte. Servt.

Tench Coxe

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1A 1771 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Hanson boarded Washington’s nephews while they attended the Alexandria Academy. He sought a federal office as early as June 1788 and was eventually appointed customs surveyor at Alexandria (DHFC description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds., Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America (3 vols. to date; Baltimore, 1972—). description ends , II, 16, 21, 550; Fitzpatrick, Writings of Washington description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington, from the Original Sources, 1745–1799 (39 vols.; Washington, 1931–44). description ends , XXIX, 267–68, 492–94, 508–9; XXX, 177–78, 179–80, 369).

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