James Madison Papers

Jesse Waln to James Madison, 22 July 1831

Philadelphia July 22nd 1831

Respected Sir

Immediately after my return from Europe at the suggestion of many Friends well known to you, and some distinguished officers in our Navy, I was induced to apply for the Consulate at Tangier, and as that situation is vacated by the Death of the former incumbent I am encouraged to hope for success. Since I had the pleasure of visiting you and Mrs M at Washington, have made frequent Voyages to remote and unhealthy Climates, and it is a melancholy reflection that the rewards of my toils have not exceeded the dangers of them, however to repine is useless, I will anticipate brighter prospects—and take the liberty of enclosing Copies of recommendations long since presented, and a Letter for our venerable Friend Mr Rawle to which I ask the favour of your Signature—be pleased to present my best regards to Mrs Madison. I learn that you are both in the enjoyment of good Health, which I pray may long be continued—With much esteem I Subscribe myself your obedient Servt

J. Waln

P. S. I shall be obliged by an early return of the Papers

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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