James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Samuel Greenhow, 7 December 1804 (Abstract)

§ From Samuel Greenhow1

7 December 1804, Richmond. “Having received through your politeness two letters from Mr. Monroe; In order to insure a certain and speedy conveyance to the Answer which it has become necessary that I should give, I take the liberty to forward the letter inclosed, to your Care, with a request that you will be so good as to suffer it to accompany your next dispatches to that Gentleman. His several changes of situation, and a report that he will shortly be removed to Madrid prevent me from addressing the letter to any particular place—but as I trust you will permit it to be inclosed with yours, that will not be material.

“I send the letter unsealed, because I have doubts whether you would consent to forward a communication to him (with your public dispatches) of the Nature and Writer of which you are totally ignorant. It relates to a small affair of a pecuniary nature requiring no privacy. After perusal (if you think fit so to do) I pray you to be so good as to forward it.”

RC (DLC). 1 p.

1In 1809 Samuel Greenhow (1771–1815) was principal agent for the Mutual Assurance Society fire insurance company and later helped found the Virginia Bible Society (W. Edwin Hemphill, “Examinations of George Wythe Swinney for Forgery and Murder: A Documentary Essay,” WMQ, 3d ser., 12 [1955]: 557 n. 42; W. Ronald Cocke, “Genealogical Notes,” WMQ, 2d ser., 11 [1931]: 134; WMQ, 1st ser., 7 [1898–99]: 17).

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