James Madison Papers

From James Madison to William J. Lowndes, 16 October 1816

Washington Ocr. 16. 1816

Dear Sir

The resignation of the Treasury, by Mr. Dallas, drawing after it a vacancy in the War Department, now to be filled, I am desirous of availing our Country of your talents & services in the latter. With a hope of obtaining your assent, I addressed a letter to you, which, from the course of your journey can not have reached you; and as soon as I ascertained that you had arrived in Washington, I sent a request to be favored with a call on me. Unluckily, you had set out for S. Carolina, and had proceeded too far to be overtaken. Will you be so good as to say, whether I may count on your acceptance of the Trust in question? As early an answer as you can make convenient is desirable; and it will afford me great pleasure, both on public & personal considerations, if it should be in the affirmative. Be assured, Sir, of my high esteem and of my cordial respects

James Madison


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