James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Pierce Butler, 3 June 1801

From Pierce Butler

Philadelphia June the 3d. 1801.

Dear Sir

I was this day favourd with Your letter of the 29th. of May1 Covering a Packet to me from Charleston. I am obliged by Your attention to it. You were not troubled with it by my direction. As it is an application for an Appointment I take leave to inclose it to You: Or rather the two letters—the Cover is from the Atty Genl. of So. Carolina2—A Correct, modest Man—the Application is from Mr. Peters of Bourdeaux.3 I knew him in Holland in 1786. He bore an unexceptionable good Character, and was much respected. He was then termd a Patriot, which was a discriminating Name given to the opponents of the Orange Family.

It escaped my recollection when at the Federal City, or I shoud have mention’d to You the Name of Mr. Freneau, who Printed a Paper in Philada. he is in indigent Circumstances.4 Any little place in the Post Office he woud prefer. I think he has a Claim.

It will afford me real satisfaction to hear of the reestablishmt. of Your health. Accept the Assurances of my Sincere regard & Esteem

P. Butler.

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