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4024. INTRODUCTION (Letters of), Apology for.—

Solicitations, which cannot be
directly refused, oblige me to trouble you often,
with letters recommending and introducing to
you persons who go hence from America. I
will beg the favor of you to distinguish the letters
wherein I appeal to recommendations from
other persons, from those which I write on my
own knowledge. In the former, it is never my
intention to compromit myself, nor you. In
both instances, I must beg you to ascribe the
trouble I give you to circumstances which do
not leave me at liberty to decline it.—
To James Madison. Washington ed. ii, 447. Ford ed., v, 48.
(P. 1788)