James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Charles Jared Ingersoll, 5 January 1814

From Charles Jared Ingersoll

House of Representatives 5. January 1814


I beg leave to trouble you with enclosed paper containing a recommendation from most of the Pennsylvania Delegation in Congress in favor of Mr. Richard Bache’s appointment to the Philadelphia Post Office now vacant by the death of Mr. Robert Patton.

I am aware that this appointment is to be made by the Post Master General and have therefore handed him a duplicate original of the recommendation.1 But presuming that so important an office will not be filled without consulting your wishes, I have taken the liberty to address myself also to you on the occasion.

The District I have the honor in part to represent take a deep interest in this nomination, and I beleive I may venture to affirm that there are few if any individuals in it whose appointment wd be more acceptable than Mr. Bache. Very respectfully your humble servant

C. J. Ingersoll

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM. Enclosure not found.

1By 10 Feb. 1814 Gideon Granger had appointed Michael Leib, a Clintonian senator from Pennsylvania, to the Philadelphia postmastership (Daily National Intelligencer, 10 Feb. 1814; PJM-PS, description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends 6:56 n. 2).

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