Philada: January 19. 1815.
I am solicited by the Citizens of a considerable portion of the Sea Coast of Georgia, to request of you to permit them, at their own expence to send Lumber to replace the Buildings in the Bahamas, destroy’d by Captain Thompson of the Privateer Midas. I do not feel myself at liberty to decline making known their request. They may be influenced by a two fold consideration - a desire for an opportunity of exercising benevolent feelings; and a view to security of their own settlements, exposed to the depridations of a small Privateer, by a laudable example. I am very respectfully Your most obedient
DLC: Papers of James Madison.