James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Monroe, 12 March 1801

From James Monroe

Richmond 12. March 1801.

Dear Sir

Permit me to present to yr. acquaintance Mr. Camp of Culpepper a young man who was presented to me by Mr. Wm. Lambert, who formerly wrote in Mr. Beckley’s office,1 and likewise by Mr. Pollard of this place who is his relative. His object is to obtain some office, or rather employment, under you if to be had, or in the treasury department if yr. office can give him no place. By Mr. Lamberts presenting him I presume he is sound in principle. Mr. Lambert also requested me to mention his willingness to act under you, at least till the meeting of Congress, when he thinks of offering for the clerkship of the H. of Reps., in wh. however I hope he will desist if Mr. Beckley offers. We shod. have employed Mr. Lambert in collecting the laws had the bill passed.2 He is represented to be a man of talents & real worth. Mr. Jefferson knows him. Where is Mr. Ervin?3 Can no trust abroad be given him? I am inclined to think he wod. be gratified with a moderate one; Secretaryship to France or London, or chargé elsewhere, or consul generalship to London. His pretentions appear to me good, and that he merits attention. Mr. Jefferson however knows him also. Sincerely yours.

Jas. Monroe

Mr. Prevost4 has desired me to mention him also. He is a worthy young man rather in distress.

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