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To James Madison from John Langdon, 16 May 1804 (Abstract)

§ From John Langdon

16 May 1804, Portsmouth. “Jonathan Steele Esqr who was lately appointed District Attorney for N. H has resigned that office;1 I would therefore ask leave to name, Daniel Humphrys Esqr.2 for that appointment; this Gentleman has been many years in the practice of the law, sound in his principles, the man of Talents, and sterling integrity—he is Brother to David Humphryes who was our late Minister to Portugal; his appointment would meet general approbation.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1801–9, filed under “Humphreys”). 1 p.; docketed by Jefferson.

1For Steele’s declination of the post, see his letter to JM, 24 Apr. 1804.

2Daniel Humphreys (1738–1827) was appointed U.S. attorney for the district of New Hampshire in a recess appointment that was confirmed by the Senate on 20 Nov. 1804. He was reappointed in 1821 and 1824 (Boston Columbian Centinel, 6 Oct. 1827; 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 , 1:471, 473, 3:234, 248, 353, 358).

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