James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Elmslie, Jr., 15 October 1806

Cape of Good Hope 15th. Octr. 1806


I beg leave to mention for the information of the President, a confidential communication that was made to me a few days ago by a friend of mine in this place, respecting a Mr. Hogan who resided at the Cape of G. Hope some years past and whom I understand is gone to settle in Philadelphia. ⟨Th⟩e matter of communication, was part of a Letter from ⟨M⟩r. Hogan to a correspondent of his here, in which ⟨af⟩ter much boasting of his own growing consequence ⟨in⟩ America, of the influence which he and his ⟨fr⟩iends were likely to have with the great Officers ⟨of⟩ Government in Commercial regulations, and ⟨of⟩ his having repeatedly dined with all of them ⟨ex⟩cept the President whom he makes mention of in the most impudent & indecent terms. Having learnt that it is Mr. Hogans intenti⟨on⟩ to become a Citizen of the United States, n⟨ot⟩ from any love to America or the Constitu⟨tion⟩ but in order to procure an Official appoint⟨ment⟩ under the same, I think it my bounden ⟨duty⟩ as an Officer of Government to acquaint yo⟨u⟩ in order to guard against his intrigues, That M⟨r.⟩ H. is to my knowledge, (however he may ⟨   ⟩ away with his illgot wealth) a person un⟨worthy⟩ of any confidential Trust. I have the Honor to ⟨be⟩ Sir Your most Obedient & faithful ⟨Servant⟩

John Elmslie ⟨Jr⟩

DNA: RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, Cape Town.

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