James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Richard Forrest, 14 September 1810

From Richard Forrest

City of Washington Sepr. 14. 1810

Dear & respected Sir,

The enclosed Bill was left with me a day or two ago by Mr. Whetcroft,1 with a request that I would forward it to you.

Altho’ I took no Copy of the hurried Note I wrote you by the last Mail, I have an impression, that I pushed the idea, of part of the articles brought by the Blanchy being for me, to an extent not fully warranted by circumstances, or by delicacy, neither of which, I would intentionally violate; as I have now every reason to believe that, the whole were exclusively intended for you; and that however strange it may appear, Coln. Lear has sent me nothing altho’ I requested him to send me something of every thing that Algiers and the contiguous country could produce. I hope Sir, you will have the goodness to pardon the freedom I have taken; and that you will not consider me as having the smallest claim to any of the articles heretofore enumerated. With the highest respect, I have the honor to be Your Obt. Servt.

Richd. Forrest

RC (ViU). Enclosure not found.

1Henry Whetcroft was a notary public in Washington, where he attended St. John’s Church, as did JM (Records of the Columbia Historical Society, 12 [1909]: 105, 114).

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