James Madison Papers

To James Madison from the Right Reverend James Madison, 14 May 1809

From the Right Reverend James Madison

May 14h. 1809 Wg.

My dear Sir

Permit me to make known to you, Mr. Greenhow,1 a very worthy & respectable Inhabitant of this Place, & who wishes to be gratified with your Acquaintance.

I congratulate you, most sincerely, on the irresistible Demonstration, which has been given, of the Wisdom & sound Policy of the Measures of the Genl. Govt, with Respect to our foreign Relations.

Be pleased to present my best Regards to Mrs. Madison, & to beleive, that, I am, Dr Sir with the highest Esteem Yrs most sincerely & Affy.

J Madison2

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Robert Greenhow (1761–1840), a Williamsburg merchant, was mayor in 1805 and General Assembly delegate for James City County, 1806–8. Moving to Richmond in 1810, he became mayor there in 1813 (WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly. description ends , 2d ser., 5 [1925]: 125; Richmond Enquirer, 3 July 1840; CVSP description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts (11 vols.; Richmond, 1875–93). description ends , 9:439, 10:279; Swem and Williams, Register description begins Earl G. Swem and John W. Williams, eds., A Register of the General Assembly of Virginia, 1776–1918, and of the Constitutional Conventions (Richmond, 1918). description ends , p. 381).

2James Madison (1749–1812), JM’s second cousin, was president of the College of William and Mary from 1777 and was consecrated the first Episcopal bishop of Virginia in 1790. A noted surveyor, he prepared the Map of Virginia, first published in 1807.

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