James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Ezekiel Bacon, 1 March 1809

From Ezekiel Bacon


Washington March 1t. 1809.


I am sensible that I discharge a very delicate & perhaps officious Duty in mentioning the Name of Gideon Granger Esqr.1 as a Gentleman who in my opinion would afford much satisfaction to the friends of the Government in the Eastern Section of the Union as the head of one of the Departments composing the Cabinet Council of the President under the next Administration. Nothing but my sincere attachment to the Welfare of that Administration, & a Desire that the Grounds of Confidence reposed in it should be founded on a strong & liberal Basis, could have impelled me to this perhaps impertinent & unasked for Interference, & to which I am fully sensible I can have so few Pretensions. I have the honor to be—with great respect Your Obedt. servt.

Ezl Bacon2

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM, with the notation: “private / G. Granger to be Sey. of War.”

1Granger was a Connecticut Republican who had served as postmaster general in Jefferson’s administration. JM retained him in this position, which was not at the cabinet level, “in spite of his [Granger’s] conviction that he should be promoted and the wish of others to see him fired” (Brant, Madison description begins Irving Brant, James Madison (6 vols.; Indianapolis and New York, 1941–61). description ends , 5:26).

2Bacon was a Massachusetts Republican who had recently been elected for a second term in the House of Representatives.

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