James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George M. Troup, 4 March 1809

From George M. Troup

Washington 4t March 1808 [1809]

Mr Troups complts to Mr Madison—incloses a paper to which the names of several respectable gentlemen are subscribed—Mr T feels himself obliged to state to Mr M that he has taken this liberty with Dr Kirkpatrick1 without his knowledge & without the knowledge of any other with one exception than those whose signatures appear on it.


Washington 7th Febry 1809


Our friend Doctor Kirkpatrick retires from Congress under circumstances which cannot fail to excite an earnest solicitude for his welfare. Past events which test the merit & ability of this gentleman & which qualify him for office of high trust & responsibility, justify the anxiety we feel, to continue his usefulness to the Public—his delicacy which refuses its assent to any mode of application not independent of him constrains us to adopt a course which leaves to yourself sir the time occasion & office. Very respectfully yr obt Servts

Richd Cutts Wll B. Giles
Wm: H: Crawford Tho Newton
Jno. Milledge S. R. Bradley
Wm W Bibb David Holmes
Jno. W. Eppes Geo M Troup2
W A Burwell
John Taylor

RC and enclosure (DLC). RC docketed by JM, with the notation: “Doctr. Kirkpatrick for office.” Enclosure in Troup’s hand.

1William Kirkpatrick, a 1788 Princeton graduate and upstate New York physician, retired from politics after one term in Congress, 1807–9. He was superintendent of the Onondaga Salt Springs, 1806–8 and 1811–31 (General Catalogue of Princeton University, 1746–1906 [Princeton, N.J., 1908], p. 104).

2Troup, a Republican from Georgia, served in the House of Representatives, 1807–15.

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