James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William McKinley, 1 May 1809

From William McKinley

West Liberty May 1st 1809


I have taken the liberty of enclosing Some addresses &c in order that you may be able to form a corect Idea of your friends & enemies in this part of the U. S.

Enclosure A. is a statement of our election.

B. Federal resolutions & Address

C. Republican Address

D. a reply & remarks upon said Address, so far as they relat⟨e⟩ to me personally they are false, I had determined to have Sued the Authors, but upon Mature reflection have concluded that it will be most proper to answer them in print, to do which with effacasy I shold be glade to have T. Pickerings letter and Somthing official respecting the money said to be paid to Genl. Wilkinson.1

Cou⟨ld yo⟩u direct Some of your Secretarys or Clerks to procure & fo⟨r⟩ward them to me by Post?

The following is exstrected from a letter dated Pittsburgh 27th ulto. The Writer is a decided repn. an honest & influencial man. “Baldwin of our place is gone sometime since to washington City, it is rumored to make fair weather with President Madison, a greater enemy the Madison Administration has not in this Country than Henry Baldwin, Would it not be proper to give the alarm through Mr. Jackson, in order that he might be prevented from injuring the republican Standing & Intrest.” Accept my best respects

Wm. McKinley2

[Enclosure A]

Congressional Election in the Monongalia Destrit of Virginia.

John G. Jackson Esqr. Noah Linsley Esqr. from yale College3
Wood County 107. 72.
Harison 411 218
Monongalia 320 284.
Ohio 167. 169.
Brooke 206 37
1211 780

Have not heard from Randolph4 but as it does not give more than 150 Votes Mr. Jackson is at all events elected.

RC and enclosure (DLC). RC docketed by JM. Enclosure in McKinley’s hand. The other enclosures have not been found.

1In his running feud with James Wilkinson, John Randolph moved in February 1809 for an investigation of rumors that the War Department had illegally advanced money to the general (Annals of Congress description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.; Washington, 1834–56). description ends , 10th Cong., 2d sess., 1331). Senator Pickering charged Secretary of War Dearborn “with having approved the General’s improper financial claims against the Government” (Thomas P. Abernethy, The Burr Conspiracy [New York, 1954], p. 266).

2William McKinley lived in Ohio County, which JM’s brother-in-law John G. Jackson failed to carry. McKinley served as an Ohio County delegate in the Virginia General Assembly between 1798 and 1807 and was elected to succeed Jackson when the latter resigned from Congress in 1810 (BDC description begins Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1971 (Washington, 1971). description ends , p. 1384). JM appointed him revenue collector for his district in 1814 (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 2:456).

3Noah Linsly graduated from Yale in 1791 (Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates of Yale University … 1701–1915 [New Haven, 1916], p. 88).

4Randolph County in western Virginia.

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