James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Tatham, 18 May 1810 (Abstract)

§ From William Tatham

18 May 1810, Norfolk. Gratefully acknowledges receipt of JM’s friendly reply1 to his 10 Mar. letter. He is recuperating from a long illness. Since last seeing JM in Washington, has never heard from Gallatin concerning his ideas on “the Coastwise improvement of the revenue powers.” About 10 Mar. he also wrote to the secretary of the navy regarding “Maritime improvements … far superior to the Torpedo.”2 Trusts JM will protect his interests. Meanwhile, he has “nearly matured my surveys of perhaps eighty miles of the most material … parts of our Country” for the War Department archives.

RC (DLC). 3 pp. Printed in McPherson, “Letters of William Tatham,” WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly. description ends , 2d ser., 16 (1936): 388–89.

1Letter not found. Possibly JM had expressed some interest in acquiring Tatham’s collection of topographical materials (Herndon, William Tatham, p. 242).

2See Tatham to Paul Hamilton, 10 Mar. 1810 (DNA: RG 45, Misc. Letters Received).

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