James Madison Papers

From James Madison to William Patterson, 24 February 1808

Washington Feby. 24. 1808

Dear Sir

Mr. Isaac Briggs being desirous of having an agency in carrying into effect the manufacturing plan instituted at Baltimore, I cannot refuse his wish that I would make him known to you. Mr. Briggs has a just & high reputation as a man of science, and with a general turn for mechanical subjects, has paid I understand some particular attention to the ingenious machinery used in the Cotton Manufactories. I can add with great truth that he possesses all the qualification which depends on soundness of judgment, sedateness of temper, the purest integrity, and a habitual assiduity in executing what he undertakes. Having this view of his character, I trust you will pardon the liberty I take in recommending him to your consideration, whatever may be the result of a comparison of his merits with those of others who may offer themselves for the same functions. With great esteem & respect I ⟨remain⟩ Dr. Sir Yr. mo: obedt. Servt

James Madison

DLC: Isaac Briggs papers.

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