James Madison Papers

William P. Duval to James Madison, 12 August 1823

St Augustine Augt. 12th. 1823

Dear sir

Your nephew Mr. Macon, is safely landed after a disagreeable voyage. In a case of murder, he distinguished himself immediately on his arrival. I entertain high expectations of his success. He will have to encounter some Lawyers here, more on account of their cunning than, for their legal information. They are northern men and I hope they are not a fair sample of their countrymen. Mr. Macon shall find me a virginian, and of course his friend. I have offerd him a room for his office, and already feel a strong interest for his success. I assure you sir, that your nephew shall find me, all that you may desire.

It was highly gratifying to me, to learn that you enjoyed good health and was actively ingaged in Farming. Long may you live to merit the reward, due for your many lasting services & if the admiration and esteem of your fellow citizens can contribute to your happiness you never will be otherwise. Accept sir my sincere respect and esteem

Wm. P. Duval

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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