James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Arch Henderson, 12 February 1816

Washington Feby 12th 1816


Under the hope that a letter, from an officer of the Corps in which Mr. Broome lately held a Commission, may not injure the memorial he is about to present I consider myself doing but common justice to an honorable and very promising young man when I offer my public aid in extricating him from a most unpleasant situation.

My acquaintance with Mr. Broome commenced before he entered the Service It continued while we were brother officers and I never heard his character, as an officer and a Gentleman, in the slightest degree questioned.

Should it be your pleasure to restore to Mr. Broome his Commission I feel the fullest confidence that he will be a valuable officer to the Corps and that his conduct will be such as to prove him worthy of so distinguished a favour. I have the honour to be with the most perfect Respt. your obed Servt.

Arch Henderson

DNA: RG 45--Miscellaneous Letters Received by the Secretary of the Navy.

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