James Madison Papers

From James Madison to William Lambert, 6 January 1806 (Abstract)

To William Lambert, 6 January 1806 (Abstract)

§ To William Lambert. 6 January 1806, Washington. “There has been more delay in answering your letter of Decr. 23.1 than was intended. But besides the peculiar press of business which contributed to it, I was willing to take the chance of falling in with you, and communicating verbally my regret that you should be out of employment, without any prospect of a place, depending on my arrangements. There is not at this time any vacancy in the Dept. of State, nor do I foresee that one is likely soon to happen; and if it should, there would be the greater impropriety in my encouraging you to rely on it, as there is not only already a long list of competitors, some of them with good pretensions, but there are required in a certain portion, qualifications of a peculiar sort, which are often not joined to others adapted to the business in the other Depts. I allude more particularly to a knowledge of some of the modern languages, of which there has been a deficiency in the Dept. which has increased much the trouble of the Cheif Clerk & myself, on occasions when neither could conveniently spare it.”

Draft (DLC). 1 p.

1PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (11 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends 10:686.

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