James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Tench Coxe, 5 August 1808

Philadelphia Augt. 5 1808


I take the liberty to inclose you a letter for the President which I request the favor of you to deliver or forward with such addition, if any, as you may judge proper. I have written to Mr. Gallatin at NewYork, by the mail of this day. It was at a period very remote from this, that I had first the pleasure to become acquainted with you, and I trust you have found me ever since in the ranks of the friends of liberty, and good government. When I examine the labours of my commercial brethren to improve the trade of our country I find none, who have expended on that subject, more pains, time or money than myself. If our present constitution is a blessing, at least as to industry, no one did more to obtain it than I. You have been a witness to my course since you took your first seat in Congress. It would be a comfort to my heart to recieve, at the hands of the President before he shall retire, such an evidence of his kindness. I leave the subject to the influence of those proper considerations which I am sure will govern the decision upon it. With perfect respect, I have the honor to be, Sir, Yr. Mo. obedt. & hum Servt.

Tench Coxe


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