Sullivan Court House 16th. August 1815
The Election in the State of Tennessee, for Representatives to Congress is over. I am not elected--a majority of my later constituents have thought proper to change their Representative. A number of my fellow citizens have requested me to permit my name to be offered, to the next General assembly of this State, for a Senator of the United States To this I have consented, but the Event is uncertain. There will probably be Several candidates. To be a member of the next Congress, would, for Several reasons, be very gratifying to me, but You know my attachments. To You I need not write of them. The above mentioned information, I considered it my duty to write to You who have long known me. With Sentiments of Sincere Esteem I have the honor to be with Great respect Your obt. Sevt.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.