James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Tyler, 28 October 1791

From John Tyler

Virginia Green-Way1 Ocr: 28. ’91

Dear Sir,

You will pardon me I hope for drawing your Attention from the great Affairs of Government to a private Gentleman and his little pursuit after Justice. Mr. Munford is soliciting a settlement of his Father’s claim as Commissary of Issues for the Southern Department.2 He is now of Age & his Father has been dead a few years which prevented this application sooner. I am his Executor and have given ample powers to this young Gentleman to Act for Me. Pray think it not a Miss that the first Letter I ever had the pleasure to address to you shou’d be to call for your aid in a thing so unimportant to you when compared to what daily falls under your particular Notice and in which you have so great a Share of Labor. But to him it is very considerable; and I am sure nothing I can say to you wou’d induce you to promote his Interest beyond the just Measure, and therefore shall decline relating his Case, as he will be fully able to do it. Perhaps a Petition will be necessary in my Name as Exe’r of his Father; but in this you will be pleas’d to direct, not to act the drudgery part. The young Gentleman for whom I ask your Notice, is respectable, and will be thankful for any Introduction you may please to give him. I am with very great respect your most obt Hble Sert.

Jno: Tyler.

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Tyler’s estate in Charles City County.

2William Greene Munford (ca. 1725–1786) served Charles City County as a justice of the peace, 1769, member of the committee of safety, 1774, and major in the militia, 1776. He was commissioned a colonel and deputy commissary general of issues in the Virginia Continental line in 1777. In the House of Delegates he served with Tyler between 1781 and 1785. As a colonel he was awarded 6,666 acres of land for his services in the Revolution, but another of his claims was rejected. He had four sons: Robert, John, Stanhope, and William Greene, Jr. (Tyler’s Quarterly description begins Tyler’s Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine. description ends , III [1921–22], 179–80; Gwathmey, Historical Register of Virginians, p. 572; DAR Patriot Index, p. 487; CVSP description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts (11 vols.; Richmond, 1875–93). description ends , I, 261; VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. description ends , II [1894–95], 243; IX [1901–2], 320; XI [1903–4], 89; WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly. description ends , 1st ser., V [1896–97], 102, 253; XI [1902–3], 260–61; 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. 407).

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