James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Samuel Fitch, 14 July 1815


41 Chatham Street New York
New York City July 14th. 1815

Respected Sir

I hope that the Sacred cause of Democracy will plead my excuse with You for this Liberty

The writer & Editor of the Enclosed Extract is continued as Judge Advocate on the peace establishment

This paper must have escaped the notice of those men or that man whose duty it was to recommend the officers to be continued or "there is something rotten in Denmark"

But for my duty I should consider it impertinent to remark to You how watchful the Democrats of the U. States should be of a Deep Game that is playing in this State And is extending itself with all its energies & chicanery into other States Ambrose Spencer was not appointed to the office of Secretary of State of U. States according to the wishes of Mr. Editor & Judge Advoctate Because I presume that you knew him The Secretary ought to have known his tool: But I presume that this Extract escaped the notice of the Secretary We hope to establish a paper in this City that will support principle having no Democratic papers in this State: We should be delighted to have the Editor of the Richmond Enquirer take up his residence with us His independence Talents and indegrity in a few months would dissipate the deceptions practiced on the honest but deluded yeomanry of our State We know of no man so capable With the greatest respect I am Your very humble Servant

Samuel M. Fitch


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