James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George Mathews, 20 April 1806

Washington Mississippi Territory 20th. April 1806


I received a commission, about the 1st. of this Month, appointing me a Judge for the Territory of Orleans. A few days since, I took the liberty of expressing my thanks to the President for the confidence reposed in me by Government, mentonig also my acceptance of the appointment. This I would have done sooner, but for my doubts, of possessing qualifications to discharge the duties of so high a trust, with that reputation to myself, & justice to my Country, which its importance requires; yet as it may be difficult to find men, completely adequate in all respects to a wise and reputable fullfilment of the duties belonging to so important a judicial appointment, in an unhealthy Climate & with a moderate Salery, I have determined to accept it, & shall go immediately to N. Orleans, which, you will oblige me, by mentiong to the President. With sentiments of the higest esteem I am Sir Your Obdt. Sevt.

Geo. Mathews jun

DNA: RG 59-TP-Territorial Papers, Orleans.

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