James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Charles Pinckney, 16 January 1813

From Charles Pinckney

January 16 [1813] In Charleston

Dear Sir

I had the honour to write to you from Columbia immediately on the close of the last Election1 & to congratulate you & our Country on its succesful & honourable termination, & afterwards on the subject of Colonel John Taylor.2 I now take the liberty of addressing you for the purpose of introducing to you Major Noah3 of this City who having as I understand some public business at Washington wishes the honour of an introduction to Yourself & Colonel Monroe & as he is a gentleman of character & talents & a strong republican, I do it with pleasure & will Thank you to mention my wish to such Gentlemen of your Executive Departments as he may have business with.

I am very hopeful soon to send my son,4 who has just graduated, to pay his respects to Yourself Mr Jefferson—Colonel Monroe & Mr Gallatin, as I well know you would all give him a friendly welcome such as I trust he will deserve—he is destined to grow up in the pursuit of those principles which have so distinguished yourself & them, & so much honoured & benefited our Country. When you see those gentlemen please present me affectionately to them & believe me always dear sir with the greatest & most affectionate respect & regard & best Wishes for Your honour & happiness Yours Truly

Charles Pinckney

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM. Year assigned here on the basis of evidence presented in n. 4.

2Letter not found.

3Mordecai Manuel Noah.

4Henry Laurens Pinckney (1794–1863) was the only son of Charles Pinckney Jr. and was named for his maternal grandfather. He graduated from South Carolina College in 1812 and read law in the office of his brother-in-law, Robert Young Hayne. He served as a state legislator, 1816–32, editor of the Charleston Mercury, 1823–32, and congressman, 1833–37 (Edgar et al., Biographical Directory of the South Carolina House of Representatives, 3:555, 558).

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