James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Isaac Hite, 3 March 1810

From Isaac Hite

Belle-grove1 March 3d. 1810

Dr. sir

Urged by a benevolent disposition to Oblige a very worthy man I hope you will excuse the liberty I now take in again soliciting you for an office for our mutual friend Henry Dangerfield. As the object of his wished for attainment & his reasons for the application can best be disclosed by his letter to me on the subject I have enclosed it for your perusal. I sincerely hope the appointment may ⟨have?⟩ your concurrence which will I assure you be a high gratification to your friend

Isaac Hite2

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Daingerfield”). Enclosure is Daingerfield’s letter to Hite, 26 Feb. 1810 (2 pp.; printed in Carter, Territorial Papers, Mississippi, 6:50–51).

1Belle Grove was Hite’s estate near Middletown in Frederick County, Virginia. Shortly after their wedding in 1794, JM and his bride had visited Old Hall, which antedated Belle Grove on the site (JM to Jefferson, 5 Oct. 1794, PJM description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (1st ser., vols. 1-10, Chicago, 1962-77, vols. 11-17, Charlottesville, Va., 1977-91). description ends , 15:360 and n. 3).

2Isaac Hite (1758–1836) had married JM’s sister Nelly in 1783 (WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly. description ends , 1st ser., 10 [1901–2]: 120).

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