§ From Oliver Fitts
18 August 1811, Warrenton, North Carolina. Understands that Moses Mordecai of Raleigh will accept the judgeship in the Mississippi Territory. “I have been intimately acquainted with him from his infancy and do not hesitate to say he is a man of unblemished moral Character.”1
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Mordecai”). 2 pp.
1. After receiving an appointment as a Mississippi territorial judge from JM in April 1810, Fitts resigned the post within the year because of family difficulties arising from the death of his wife (see James Turner to JM, 20 Mar. 1810, PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (3 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984—). description ends , 2:279; Turner to JM, 22 Feb. 1813, Carter, Territorial Papers, Mississippi, 6:357).