James Madison Papers

From James Madison to James Monroe, 3 July 1819

To James Monroe

Montpellr. July 3. 1819

Dear Sir

The best use I can make of the inclosed letter from Mr. Scott1 is to give you a perusal of its contents—after which you will be so good as to return it. The letter itself is a proof of his good sense, and literary education; and those inclosed in it are good vouchers for the other features of his character. In addition to other motives for wishing employment, it is very natural for him to be anxious that the Senate should have an opportunity of reversing the unfavorable judgment pronounced against him.2 To say even this much to you is very unnecessary, as you are or may be better informed from others than from me of all the circumstances entering into a just appreciation of Mr. Scotts character and qualifications. Always & respectfully yours

James Madison

RC (DLC: Monroe Papers).

1Letter not found.

2For Alexander Scott, see Scott to JM, 7 Apr. 1819, and nn. 1 and 2.

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