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William Radford to Thomas Jefferson, [received 29] August 1815

From William Radford

Liberty Bedford [received 29] August 1815

Dear Sir

I have taken the liberty to introduce to you Judge Peter Randolph, who expressed a desire to call on you as he was passing down the Country—In doing this I trust that no apology will be necessary on my part—Accept the assurance of my high consideration

Wm Radford

RC (MHi); partially dated; endorsed by TJ as received 29 Aug. 1815 and so recorded in SJL.

Peter Randolph (d. 1832), attorney and judge, attended the College of William and Mary, was admitted to the Virginia bar by 1809, practiced law in Nottoway County, which he represented in the House of Delegates, 1810–12, and was elected to membership in the Agricultural Society of Virginia in 1818. He served as a judge on the General Court of Virginia with responsibility for the Fifth (Petersburg) Circuit, 1812–21. Randolph sat on a state commission that met at Rockfish Gap in 1818 and recommended that the new University of Virginia be located in Albemarle County, replacing Central College. After resigning his judgeship he moved to Mississippi, where he continued his law practice and his agricultural pursuits. In 1823 President James Monroe appointed Randolph a federal judge for the Mississippi district, a post he held until his death (William and Mary Provisional List description begins A Provisional List of Alumni, Grammar School Students, Members of the Faculty, and Members of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary in Virginia. From 1693 to 1888, 1941 description ends , 33; DNA: RG 29, CS, Nottoway Co., 1810; Brunswick Co., 1820; Leonard, General Assembly description begins Cynthia Miller Leonard, comp., The General Assembly of Virginia, July 30, 1619–January 11, 1978: A Bicentennial Register of Members, 1978 description ends , 262, 267; Walter A. Watson, Notes on Southside Virginia [1925], 11, 32, 82; JSV description begins Journal of the Senate of Virginia description ends [1811–12 sess.], 38; Report of the trials of Capt. Thomas Wells, Before the County Court of Nottoway … Charged with feloniously and maliciously shooting, with intent to kill Peter Randolph, Esq. judge of the 5th circuit; and Col. Wm. C. Greenhill [Petersburg, 1816]; Richmond Enquirer, 11 Aug. 1818, 11 Dec. 1821, 1 Mar. 1832; Baltimore Niles’ Weekly Register, 7 Nov. 1818; Christopher Rankin to William H. Crawford, 26 Apr. 1823, and Randolph to Monroe, 26 Apr. 1823 [DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1817–25]; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 3:343, 344, 4:274 [8, 9 Dec. 1823, 13 July 1832]).

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