James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Francis Corbin, 29 January 1793

From Francis Corbin

Jany. 29th. 1793.

My Dear Sir

Two or three weeks ago I wrote to you and requested you to write to the old judge Pendleton upon the Subject of the Ensuing Election to Congress:1 and to intercede with him in my behalf. Having heard nothing from you since—and being under some apprehensions that Mr. J. Taylor has interfered to injure me, by infusing his Antifederal Spirit into one or two men here, I have thought it well again to address you on the Subject. I am now in King Wm. in the midst of Electioneering forth and have no proper implements for writing so that you must Excuse the Paper &c.

Let not my apprehensions with respect to Taylor be known to any body but our friend Mercer. I am Dr Sir with much sincerity & Regard Yr: Mo: Ob. St.

Francis Corbin

RC (DLC). Addressed by Corbin, franked, and postmarked “Richmond Feb 10.” Docketed by JM.

1Corbin was defeated by Anthony New in the congressional election on 18 Mar. 1793 in the district comprising King and Queen, King William, Essex, Middlesex, and Caroline counties (Hening, Statutes description begins William Waller Hening, ed., The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619 (13 vols.; Richmond and Philadelphia, 1819–23). description ends , XIII, 332).

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