James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Joseph Jones, 11 July 1789

From Joseph Jones

Petersburg July 11h. 1789.

Dr Sir

Mr. Christopher Roane, who is a searcher at City Point,1 requests to be introduced to you. He would wish to continue in office. He is a man of great integrity, and has conducted himself well as a Searcher. He was an officer during the late war. Your assistance, in continuing him in office, will, I think, be of service to him, & of advantage to our country, if appointed; he appears to me, to be such a Man, as ought to be employed, from his honesty & uprightness.2 I am, with the utmost respect, Dr sir Your most obt Sert.

Joseph Jones.3

RC (DLC: Washington Papers). Addressed by Jones, who added “hond. by Capt. Roane.”

1Where the Appomattox River flows into the James.

2Christopher Roane (1756–1828), captain of a Virginia state regiment, 1777–1782, was appointed a searcher at City Point in January 1787. On 4 Aug. 1789 the Senate approved Roane’s appointment as surveyor at either Bermuda Hundred or City Point (Heitman, Historical Register Continental description begins F. B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution (Washington, 1914). description ends , p. 468; JCSV description begins H. R. McIlwaine et al., eds., Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia (4 vols. to date; Richmond, 1931—). description ends , IV, 36; 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, 554).

3Joseph Jones represented Dinwiddie County in the House of Delegates between 1778 and 1788, was a member of the ratifying convention of 1788, and served as a state senator, 1788–1789. He was later sheriff of that county and in 1800 was a Republican elector (Swem and Williams, Register description begins Earl G. Swem and John W. Williams, eds., A Register of the General Assembly of Virginia, 1776–1918, and of the Constitutional Conventions (Richmond, 1918). description ends , 393; Grigsby, Virginia Convention of 1788, II, 371; CVSP description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts (11 vols.; Richmond, 1875–93). description ends , VII, 145, 170; IX, 75).

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