James Madison Papers

To James Madison from David Holmes, 10 February 1809

10th. Feby. 1809

Dear Sir,

The act of congress passed a few days ago for the division of the Indiana Territory creates the usual Offices for the establishment of a Government in the new Territory Mr. J B Thomas the present Delegate is Willing to accept that of a Judge. From the unequivocal testimony the People have given of their confidence in this Gentln. I cannot doubt but that his Appointment to the Office would be in every Respect Acceptable to them. My acquaintance with Mr. Thomas is not of long standing nor can I say more of his learning in the law than that I’ve understood he practised as an Attorney, and Counsellor for some Years in the Indiana Territory As a Delegate in Congress He has attentively and faithfully discharged his duty His conduct as a Gentln. has been Such as to gain the esteem and Respect of his Acquaintances I therefore take the liberty of recommending him to your Attention I am With great Respect Sir Your Obet.

David Holmes

P S Mr. Thomas is a friend to the present administration

I concur in opinion with Mr. Holmes

Tho Kenan

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

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