James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Henry Brockholst Livingston, 20 March 1794

From Henry Brockholst Livingston

Rhinebeck 20th. March 1794.


Some time since I enclosed in a Letter to Mr. Bailey1 a Member from this State a Memorial Addressed to Congress, not yet haveing heard that he has presented the Same, I have by this Conveyance written to him requesting if he has any Objections to its Appearance, that he will deliver it to you: Being persu[a]ded you will not only Introduce it for me, but also Advocate the Cause of the Agreived Soldier: In this Sir I do not so much presume upon my Acquaintance with you, as I ⟨re⟩ly upon your known Attatchment to justice and the Able support you gave the Claims of the late Army, who, will I am convinced ever retain a proper Sence of your Endeavours to Obtain redress for them, tho unattended with the desired Success. I have the Honor to be Sir, Most respectfully Yours.

Henry B: Livingston

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Theodorus Bailey of New York was serving on a House committee appointed to recommend amendments to the laws on veterans’ pensions. The committee’s report resulted in a joint resolution, signed by Washington on 9 June, “directing the Secretary of War to make out and return to the District Judges, certain lists in the cases of invalid pensioners” (Annals of Congress description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.; Washington, 1834–56). description ends , 3d Cong., 1st sess., 468, 527, 780; U.S. Statutes at Large description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17 vols.; Boston, 1848–73). description ends , 1:401). Evidence of JM’s involvement on behalf of the memorial mentioned by Livingston has not been found.

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