James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Henry Bell, 9 April 1799

From Henry Bell

9th April 1799.

Dear Sir

I am informd that the Governor and Council are about to appoint some person as Superintendant of the State Arsenals,1 if so I shall offer as a Candidate—and as Ive not the pleasure of being acquainted wh. the Governor and but [few] of the Council—must be dependant on my friends for Letters of recommendation: so that if you think me worthy of the appointment will thank you for a line on the Occasion. And shoud I be so fortunate as to get the appointment I flatter myself I shall execute the duty wh. Honor to myself And Satisfaction to those [to whom] I shall be responsible. Your answer will greatly oblige Yrs. Sincerely &c.

Henry Bell2

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM. Words in brackets omitted by Bell; supplied from similar sentences in Bell’s letter of application to Gov. James Wood, 3 Apr. 1799 (Vi: Executive Papers).

1The appointment as superintendent of the state arsenal at Point of Fork, Virginia, went to Robert Quarles (CVSP description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts (11 vols.; Richmond, 1875–93). description ends , 9:34).

2Capt. Henry Bell of Madison County was an officer in the Third Continental Dragoons during the Revolutionary War (Heitman, Historical Register Continental, p. 82; George C. Taylor to James Wood, Feb. 1799, and Philip Slaughter to James Wood, 29 Mar. 1799 [Vi: Executive Papers]).

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