James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Paul Hamilton, 8 December 1809

From Paul Hamilton

Navy Dept. 8 Decr. 1809


Docr. Fraser of South Carolina,1 whom I take the liberty of mentioning to you for nomination to the Senate as Surgeon in the Navy, is personally known to me, as a gentleman of great professional merit—& his services are now required at Charleston S. C. I have the honor to be with great respect sir yr mo obt.

Paul Hamilton

RC (DLC); letterbook copy (DNA: RG 45, LSP). RC in Goldsborough’s hand, signed by Hamilton; docketed by JM.

1JM nominated Alexander Fraser to be a naval surgeon on 12 Dec., and the appointment was confirmed two days later. Fraser was probably the son of Alexander and Mary Grimké Fraser, prominent Charlestonians (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 2:129–30; Walter B. Edgar et al., eds., Biographical Directory of the South Carolina House of Representatives [3 vols. to date; Columbia, S.C., 1974—], 2:255).

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