James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Williams, 1 February 1802

From James Williams

Orange Feby. 1st. 1802

Dear Sir

The bearer Mr. Morton pannil1 A County Man of Ours being On his way to prince Town for the purpose of Acquiring A Good english Education & to Study Natural And Moral Philosophy And having No Acquaintance in that part of the world is extremely Anxious, to Get A Letter of introduction to professor Smith;2 in thinking of the Source from which he Might derive the Surest Advantage from an introduction I have taken the Liberty of recommending him to your attention, As A young man who has been peculearly Unfortunate in his literary Acquirements; his Pursuits while Under the Care of his father has been entirely Agricultural; I have been Acquainted with him About Seven years; I Can without hesitation Say that I have Never Known Any young Man in my life Who has Conducted himself with more discreetness than he has done Nor do I know One whose moral rectitude has been more Conspicuous; Mr. pannil will shew you a Certificate from Mr. Boggs with whom he Studied last year that will Account for the Progress he has Made; If you Can Consistantly Give him the wishd for introduction, It will confer And everlasting Obligation On him And many of his Friends And will be Esteemed As A particular favor done to your Most Obt. &. Very Hble Sert

James Williams3

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