James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Ebenezer Sage, 18 April 1813

From Ebenezer Sage

Sag harbor April 18th. 1813


A very general impression prevails in NYork among that class of Citizens who are friendly to the measures of the administration, that a change of office is about to take place in that City, that a number who have long held high and lucrative offices, will be removed and others, friendly to the present order of things, appointed (a thing long expected & thought expedient by many good men). This naturally brings forward a number of Applicants; among whom, I observe the name of Jonathan Thompson for the office of Marshal.1 If such change should take place this Gentn. is designated, & will receive the support of some of the best people in the City, who have long known him, and can appreciate both his public & private character. Having been acquainted with him from his boyhood, I feel it a duty to add my testimony in his favor, for such office, or any other, requiring intelligence, integrity & vigilence. But few, I believe in that City, would be more faithfull in the discharge of duty, perhaps none. With sentimts of the highest respect I am Sir Your most humbl Servt.

E Sage

PS We have quite a fleet of british ships off this port. They appear to have taken possession of Block Island, & made it a rendezvous. A good station for two purposes—blockading the sound, & driving a trade with their Connecticut friends, Who, it is said are improving the Opy. The Citizens of this port begin to be apprehensive of a visit from them


RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Thompson, Jonathan”).

1On 24 July 1813, JM nominated John Smith to replace Peter Curtenius as marshal of New York. The Senate confirmed the appointment on 29 July (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 , 2:396, 418).

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