James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Philip P. Barbour, 10 December 1822

From Philip P. Barbour

Dec. 10th. 22.

Dear Sir,

I received your letter with the one from Mr. Taylor enclosed;1 I fear it will be not practicable to effect his object. It seems to have been the opinion of the Attorney General, that a pensioner once stricken from the roll, cannot be re-instated by the Secretary of War; there are many in this situation; the subject was before the house at the last session, & will I think be resumed at this; individual cases will therefore abide the general result; I have mentioned the subject to Mr. Breckenridge2 (the member from Mr. Taylor’s district) who has promised to attend to it. There is nothing here of a public nature worthy of communication; you will have seen by the papers that we have done little else than organize ourselves. Resp’ly your obdt. Servt.

P. P. Barbour

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

2James Douglas Breckinridge (d. 1849) was a Louisville, Kentucky, lawyer who served in the Kentucky legislature, 1809–11, and the U.S. House of Representatives, 1821–23 (John E. Kleber et al., eds., The Encyclopedia of Louisville [Lexington, Ky., 2001], 115).

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