James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert G Scott, 15 March 1816

Williamsburg March 15th. 1816


At the moment of hearing of Mr. Hays resignation of Attorney for the United States, I was absent from my home engaged in the discharge of official duty; & was unable to write in time to be among the first to apply for that office.

Enclosed is a letter this day received from Judge Tucker, in reply to one addressed by me to him, which will ⟨exp⟩lain the reason, why my application for the Office is not supported by that highly valuable & respectable citizen’s recommendation.......

If the government shall give me the appointment they may be assured of every exertion both mental and physical on my part to discharge the duties of the Office, faithfully diligently & advisedly..........

My residence is convenient to the court, & at the same place with the Judge of the Admiralty, who had I been fortunate enough to have applied earlier, would have cheerfully given me his recommendation⟨.⟩ I trust you will pardon me for thus earnestly addressing; my family are increasing & their support & educatio⟨n⟩ is an object of primary importance with me. I am with perfect respec⟨t⟩ Your Obedient Servant

Robert G. Scott

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