James Madison Papers

To James Madison from H. Holmes, 17 April 1815

Orange Ct House April 17h. 1815

Dear Sir

The death of Mr. Henry Daingerfield secretary to my Brother the Govr of the Missippi Territory has created a Vacancy which a friend of Ours would be Very glad to fill provided my brother shd continue in that Office. Mr. Henry Jouit Gambell now of Rockingham but formerly of Albemarle from his devoted attachment to my brother and a wish to promote the welfare of a large but young & growing family has desired me to solicit for him this Office of Secretary - for which I believe him in every respect qualified to fill with honor & credit to himself and his Country - as to clinical qualifications he has but few superiors, as to integrity and an high sense of honor None - he married the youngest daughter of your old acquaintance Mrs. Burns formerly of Staunton and has been for Many years Deputy Clerk of Rockingham and for six years past Clerk of the superior Court of Law for that County.

If My Brother’s wishes were consulted I know that the appointment of no man in the United States Would give him greater satisfaction and gratification. I have the honor to be your friend & sert

H ⟨W⟩: Holmes

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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