James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Samuel Harrison Smith, 12 May 1814

From Samuel Harrison Smith

May 12. 1814 Washington


Wm. Ward, Collector of the Revenue for the 10th. dist. of Massa. having forwarded his resignation on the very day of your departure I lost no time in writing to Mr. Gerry, who had been previously consulted, at your instance, on the vacation of the office by the rejection of Mr. Gordon by the Senate.1 Having this morning received Mr. Gerry’s reply, recommending Levi Thaxter, I have the honor to enclose it. I likewise enclose a letter from Mr. Gordon to Mr. Cutts, not, however, on the presumption that after his rejection by the Senate, it can have much weight. As the collection of the direct tax should commence on the 1st. of next month, I will ask the favor of an early reply. I have the honor to be with great respect

Sa H Smith

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

1On 17 Jan. 1814 JM sent Hendrick W. Gordon’s recess appointment as collector for the tenth collection district of Massachusetts to the Senate for approval. The nomination was rejected on 4 Feb. 1814. Nearly two weeks later, JM submitted William Ward’s name for the position, and the Senate confirmed the appointment on 17 Mar. 1814. Levi Thaxter’s appointment as Ward’s replacement was approved on 3 Oct. 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 2:455, 468, 498, 511–12, 531–32).

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