James Madison Papers

James Madison to Louisa M. Patton, 8 October 1833

MontpelliEr Octr. 8. 1833

Dear Madam

Your letter of the 3d. Septr. was duly recd. My acquaintance with the Grand father of your children, and my recollection of his worth, induce sincere wishes for their welfare. But the interposition you request in behalf of your son is precluded by a rule, I have found it necessary to adopt, and which has been adhered to in cases, some of them of a very pressing character. I can only therefore express a confidence that justice will be ensured in the case of your son by a patronage free from the restraint I am under, and with the advantage moreover of a personal knowledge of his good qualities; added to the Public merits of his Grand father. With friendly respects

James Madison

RC (The Marshall B. Coyne Collection); FC (DLC). FC dated 5 Oct. 1833.

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