James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Charles Tait, 3 November 1822

To Charles Tait

Montpr. Novr. 3. 1822

Dr. Sir

Mr. Geo: Conway being on his way to Alabama, where he is about to establish himself & family, and where he will be an entire stranger, I take a liberty which I hope you will excuse, of introducing him to any kind attentions which may be convenient to you. Tho’ a kinsman in a degree not very remote, I have little personal acquaintance with him; but I have sufficient grounds for my confidence that he will be found in every respect worthy of them. I avail myself of the occasion to assure you Sir of my high esteem and my friendly respects.

Draft (DLC). Charles Tait (1768–1835) was born in Louisa County, Virginia, and settled in Augusta, Georgia, where he became a law partner of William Harris Crawford. He served as judge of the state superior court for the western circuit of Georgia, 1803–9, and as U.S. senator, 1809–19, where he strongly supported JM and naval operations during the War of 1812. Tait helped secure the admission of Alabama to the Union in 1819, and after moving to the new state, was first federal judge of the district of Alabama, 1820–26 (Charles H. Moffat, “Charles Tait, Planter, Politician, and Scientist of the Old South,” Journal of Southern History 14 [1948]: 206–33).

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