James Madison Papers

James Madison to Thomas Jefferson Randolph, 11 August 1830

Aug. 11. 1830

Dr. Sir

I recd yesterday yrs. of the 3d inst. inclosing a letter from Mr. Crozet, which I return. It wd. seem not amiss for your answer, to permit him to make enquiries of his brother, but without authorizing any expectation that might not be fulfilled, I enclose also a letter from Mr. Hervé, in whose favor I find Mr. Cabell has transmitted you a copy of a letter from Chevalie with that of another from C. de la Pena, presenting himself as a Candidate. On the subject of this last, I enclose a letter from Mr. Johnson, communicating a recommendation of him by Mr. Leigh, and promising at the same time to make inquiries concerning to Mr. Hervé. From the aspect given to the qualifications of Mr Hervé, by Mr Cabell and from the manner in which you allude to him I conclude that he will be regarded as the most eligible among those yet brought into view, more especially with the exception of Crozet he alone is a native of the Country, whose language in its spoken as well as written character is of primary importance. How far his existing engagements can be surmounted, or a temporary substitute be admissible, I know not that I can afford you & General Cocke any aid in deciding. I need not repeat that I shall cheerfully acquiesce in your decisions on these as in all other cases whatever they be. very affey yrs

J. M.

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