James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Laurence Muse, 1 February 1794

From Laurence Muse

Virginia Port Tappahannock Febry 1. 1794


From the inclosed, I take the liberty of soliciting your interest with the President in my favor, in the appointment of a Collector for this port, which I apprehend will take place immediately. Having been imployed in that business from the Commencement of the Collection Law under the present Government [I] flatter myself I have now acquired a Knowledge sufficient to do justice to the public, and individuals. For your friendly aid in the business I shall ever consider myself under obligations And, With much Respect I am Sir Your Obt Servt

Laurence Muse1

RC (DLC: Washington Papers). Addressed by Muse to JM at Philadelphia. Enclosed by JM in his letter to the president, 12 Feb. 1794.

1On 6 Mar. Laurence Muse was appointed collector and inspector of customs at Tappahannock. He succeeded his kinsman Hudson Muse, under whom he had served as a deputy (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 1:149; see also Muse to the president, 1 Feb. 1794, and Muse to Monroe, 22 Feb. 1794 [DLC: Washington Papers]).

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