James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Bentley, 20 January 1814 (Abstract)

From William Bentley, 20 January 1814 (Abstract)

§ From William Bentley. 20 January 1814, Salem. “To address you, is to intrude upon you. But friendship & the family find a favour for it, & another name. A Son of Joseph Wilson, now a Student at Cambridge, wishes to be a Midshipman in our Navy. The Father is Collector of the Port of Marblehead, the Son will come under the recommendation of the Vice President. I have no tie but of merit, & the Father urges this line, because he thinks you will believe it. Permit me, Sir, to express my unbounded confidence in the man who deserves it, & who will have the nation’s gratitude in all future generations.”

RC (DLC). 1 p. Bentley wrote “George Wilson.” in the lower left corner. No one of that name received a Navy appointment in 1814 (Callahan, List of Officers of the Navy, description begins Edward W. Callahan, List of Officers of the Navy of the United States and of the Marine Corps from 1775 to 1900 (New York, 1901). description ends 594).

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