James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Langdon Cheves, 7 February 1820

From Langdon Cheves

Philada. 7 Feby 1820

Dear Sir,

I take the liberty to introduce to your Acquaintance & to recommend to your Notice Mr. John Labouchere.1 Mr. L. has visited the United States for the Purpose of becoming Acquainted with the Country & its distinguished men, I can not therefore do him a greater favour than to make him Acquainted with you. Mr. L. is a Very intelligent & interesting Young Gentleman. He is the Son of Mr Labouchere who is at the head of the great house of Hope & Co. of Amsterdam & the Nephew of Alexander Baring2 Esquire; And Appears to have those good feelings & favourable prepossessions towards our Country for which his Uncle has been so much distinguished. I beg leave to use the Occasion to renew assurances of the high Consideration and Attachment with Which I have the honor to be, Dear Sir, Yr. Obt St

Langdon Cheves

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM, with his note: “introducing Mr. Labouchere.”

1John Peter Labouchère (1799–1863) became a partner in the London banking firm of Williams, Deacon, Thornton, and Labouchère. His father, Pierre-César Labouchère (1772–1839), was a Dutch banker of French origin who was head of Hope & Company (Algar Labouchere Thorold, The Life of Henry Labouchere [London, 1913], 15 and n. 1; Tulard, Dictionnaire Napoléon description begins Jean Tulard et al., Dictionnaire Napoléon (Paris, 1987). description ends , 1011).

2Alexander Baring, Baron Ashburton (1774–1848), was a British financier and politician with long-standing American ties who was sent as commissioner to negotiate the United States–Canadian boundary, and signed the Webster–Ashburton treaty of 1842 (PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (9 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends 3:287 n. 2).

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