§ From Dominick A. Hall
29 September 1804, Columbia. “Your letter informing me of my appointment of District Judge of the territory of Orleans1 & that a Commission for that purpose has been forwarded under cover to Governor Claiborne, did not reach me until yesterday. As no opportunity at this time offers from Charleston I have determined to proceed immediately by Nashville and the rivers to New Orleans.”2
RC (DNA: RG 59, Acceptances, 1789–1812). 1 p.; docketed by Wagner.
1. JM to Hall, 30 Aug. 1804, PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 7:657.
2. Hall arrived at New Orleans on 7 Dec. 1804 (Carter, Territorial Papers, Orleans, 9:348).