James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Mallory, 7 February 1818

From Robert Mallory

Richmond Feby 7th 1818


I take this opportunity to inform you of your Election to the Board of public works. A knowledge on my part of the deep interest which you feell in the improvement and prosperity of your Native State inducd me to introduce you to the attention of the house.1 I cannot but indulge the hope that the appointment will meet your approbation. If however you should determine not to accept (which I assure you would not only be regreted by myself) but by a large portion of your Fellow citizens—It is very much desird you would make known such determination as speedily as possible in as much as the present Legislature would have it in their power to make the appointment; which is deem’d preferable to its being made by the Board of public works. Accept Sir a tender of my high consideration

Robert Mallory2

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1JM was appointed a director of the Board of Public Works for the year 1818 for the area “Between the Blue Ridge & head of Tide Water” by a joint ballot of the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates on 6 Feb. 1818 (copy of the resolution of the House of Delegates, 6 Feb. 1818 [InU: Jackson Collection]; see also “Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia … [1817],” Records of the States of the United States of America [DLC microfilm ed.], Va. A.1b, reel 7, 179).

2Robert Mallory represented Orange County in the Virginia House of Delegates for the years 1808–10, 1813–19, and 1820–24, and in the state Senate, 1818–19 (Swem and Williams, Register of the General Assembly of Virginia, 100 n., 404).

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