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To James Madison from Richard Rush, 16 January 1815

From Richard Rush

Washington Jan 16th. 1815.

Sir

Having been favoured with the perusal of a letter of this date, address’d to you by the Secretary of the Treasury,1 recommending James Martin Esqr as one of the commissioners for settling the Yazoo claims, should an act of Congress pass vesting such an appointment in the hands of the executive, I take the liberty most cordially to unite my voice to that of Mr Dallas, in favor of Mr Martins merit and qualifications.2 I have the honor to be, with the greatest respect and attachment, your obedient Servant

Richard Rush.

RC (PHi). In a clerk’s hand, signed by Rush.

1Not found.

2For the Yazoo claims, see PJM-PS, description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (8 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends 5:457 n. 3. On 26 Dec. 1814, citing their already heavy workloads and consequent inability to give the Yazoo business the attention it demanded, Rush, James Monroe, and Alexander J. Dallas had petitioned Congress to release them from duties imposed by “An act providing for the indemnification of certain claimants of public lands in the Mississippi territory,” 31 Mar. 1814, which constituted them a board of commissioners to settle the claims. Congress complied by passing a 23 Jan. 1815 modification of the law empowering the president to appoint “three fit and disinterested persons” to do the work. On 26 Jan. 1815 JM accordingly nominated Francis Scott Key, Thomas Swann, and John Law as commissioners, and the Senate confirmed the appointments the same day (ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Public Lands, 2:753; U.S. Statutes at Large, description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17 vols.; Boston, 1848–73). description ends 3:116–17, 192; 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 2:605–6).

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