James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Paul Hamilton, 22 December 1809

From Paul Hamilton

Navy Department 22 Decr 1809


Docr Julius R Shumate1 has been particularly recommended by Mr. Love2 of the House of Representatives for the appointment of Surgeon’s Mate in the Navy—& his services are now wanted at New orleans. I have the honor to be with great respect sir yr mo ob st.

Paul Hamilton

RC (DLC); letterbook copy (DNA: RG 45, LSP). RC in Goldsborough’s hand, signed by Hamilton; docketed by JM.

1On 27 Dec. JM nominated Shumate, a resident of Culpeper County, Virginia. The Senate confirmed his appointment on 3 Jan. 1810, and he served until 1812 (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 , 2:134, 136; Callahan, List of Officers of the Navy description begins Edward W. Callahan, List of Officers of the Navy of the United States and of the Marine Corps from 1775 to 1900 (New York, 1900). description ends , p. 497).

2John Love (d. 1822), an Alexandria Republican, represented Fauquier County in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1805–7, and the district composed of Loudoun, Prince William, and Fairfax counties in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1807–11. He served as a state senator, 1816–20 (Swem and Williams, Register description begins Earl G. Swem and John W. Williams, eds., A Register of the General Assembly of Virginia, 1776-1918, and of the Constitutional Conventions (Richmond, 1918). description ends , p. 399; Stanley B. Parsons, William W. Beach, and Dan Hermann, United States Congressional Districts, 1788–1841 [Westport, Conn., 1978], p. 130).

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