James Madison Papers

From James Madison to James Monroe, 8 March 1818

To James Monroe

Montpellier Mar. 8. 1818

Dear Sir

I find that Mr. H. Carroll, son of Charles Carroll, who brought over the Treaty of Ghent, is very desirous, as is his father, that he should be appointed to a land office on the Missouri. You are so well acquainted with the worth of the latter both as a man and a patriot, and probably also with the character of the son, that I ought perhaps on that account alone to forbear saying a word on the occasion; & I need not tell you how much silence would accord with my inclination. It is difficult for me however not to say of the son, of whom I have I believe rather more personal knowlege, than you may have, that I have always regarded him as uniting strict honor & integrity, with a cultivated understanding and amiable manners. And I may add that the personal footing on which I have been with the father, would naturally produce a sympathy with his gratification. In saying thus much I am of course to be understood as doing it without knowing who may be in competition, and with an entire confidence that your selection will be what a full view of all proper considerations ought to make it. Respectfully & affectionately yours

James Madison

RC (Perkins ALS Collection, Ella Strong Denison Library, Scripps College, Claremont, California).

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