James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Swan, [25 June] 1801

From James Swan

[Paris, 25 June 1801]

… I had the honor of writing you by Mr. Pichon,1 requesting your protection in my being named to the Council Generalship in France. Now that you are Secretary of State, I may do it, with more direct effect.2

If Mr. Skipwith wishes to be re-named, and the President consents, I withdraw all pretensions. Indeed I will stand in the way of no one, unless you should think I could serve the interest of the Government & of the citizens of our States, better than any other, & this I pretend to, Mr. Skipwith excepted. It requires a long time before one, quite a stranger, could obtain those acquaintances of the manner of conducting Business in the Bureaux, so as to promise even small benefits to claimants by others. I have been necessitated to both from my own affaires, as well as from those I transacted formerly for France, and in assuring you of the means I possess to be usefull, I am sure of the facts.…

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