James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George Michael Troup, 10 November 1815

Dublin Laurens County Georgia
November 10, 1815

Dear Sir

Two Gentlemen offer themselves for the Office vacated by the resignation of Mr Stephens. Mr. Charlton has been steadily faithful to his principles and has certainly made sacrafices to them. Mr. Davies was a partisan of the old school, has accomodated his principles to the force of circumstances & without hving risked any thing has I beleive by his present Office made something from the Public. He is reputed a man of good moral character.

Of the other it is right to say that reports have been circulated from time to time affecting his integrity. Whether they have arisen in truth or in malignity I cannot say. It is certain his conduct has not been always free from levity & indiscretion. I have never seen evidence of criminality & last winter I received a very decisive recommendation of him from Mr Harris, who has had the best opportunity to know and judge him.

If you approve your nomination may carry him in despite of the Senators from Georgia & in that event I will be responsible that the first malversation in office shall be detected & exposed with high considn. & respect

G M Troup

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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