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To James Madison from Caesar A. Rodney, 18 May 1809

From Caesar A. Rodney

May 18th 1809

My Dear Sir,

This will be delivered to you by Mr John Crow who is an applicant for the office of Marshall which it is expected, I understand, will become vacant before long, by the resignation of Paul Lewis. Mr Crow has been personally known to me a considerable time. In political Sentiment he has been uniform, and has been active on the Republican Side. He has been repeatedly Supported as the candidate for the office of Sheriff by the Republicans, & possesses the necessary qualifications I believe to perform the duties of Marshall. I cheerfully bear this testimony in favor of Mr Crow, as I would of any other republican of equal Standing, but I do it, without prejudice to any other applicant as there are several meritorious & deserving characters who have or will, in case of P. Lewis’ resignation, apply. Particularly James Brobson1 for many years past & at present the Cheif Burgess of Wilmington, Col: Joseph Haslet Son of Colonel Haslet who fell in the battle of Princeton and Joseph England late a member of our Legislature. Their recommendations will I presume be forwarded in due time for a Selection to be made. Yours very respectefully & Sincerely

C. A. Rodney

RC (DNA: RG 59, Letters of Application, 1809–17). In a clerk’s hand, signed and dated by Rodney.

1On 29 May JM appointed Brobson U.S. marshal for the Delaware district (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 , 2:112).

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