James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Langdon, 20 December 1804 (Abstract)

§ From John Langdon

20 December 1804, Portsmouth. “I must pray you to excuse me for the liberty I take in transmiting to you the inclosed letter from Stanley Griswold Esqr1 whose name, and wishes, you’ll please to communicate to the President of the US. This gentleman, who is esteemed a man of virtue, and great Talents, has for sometime past superintended the printing of the Observatory at Walpole in this State, but finds it impossable to continue in that Business much longer; considering the great exertions of this gent, in the common cause of our Country, and seeing the delicate situation he is placed in, his worth and Talents, I sincerely hope he may find favor. You’ll please ret⟨ur⟩n me the letter after the President has seen it, as it is in some degree confidential.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1801–9, filed under “Griswold”). 2 pp.; docketed by Jefferson, with his notation: “to be s⟨ecret⟩ary of a govmt or of a legation.” Torn at folds.

1Griswold’s letter has not been found, but he wrote to Jefferson on 12 Nov. 1804 requesting an appointment and to Henry Dearborn on 25 Nov. 1804 requesting any “tolerable opening” and suggesting a position in the new Michigan Territory or on the claims commission prescribed by the convention of 1802 with Spain (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1801–9, filed under “Griswold”). For his career, see Griswold to JM, 26 Nov. 1804, n. 3.

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