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To Thomas Jefferson from James Barbour of Kentucky, 9 February [1801]

From James Barbour of Kentucky

Kentucky Garrard County
near Danville February 9th [1801]

I heartily & Sincearly Congratulate on the triumph of Republicanism over the Administration party it gives Pleasure to nearly all the people of this Country (those holding offices under the General Government & a few others excepted) it is said that many complaints will be made against the Marshall of this State, should he be removed as it is a pecuniary office no doubt many applications will be made, shoud it be given as a reward for past Services I think none can apply with more propriety than my self, & I can the more freely say so to you as you were personally Acquainted with part of my Services when you were Governor of Virginia & my self County Lieut. of Culpeper, in which Capacity I served all the eight years of the War, I was employ’d nearly half my time in Raising Minutemen Regulars eighteen months men & drafting the Militia providing Cloathing provisions Arms Blanketts & & all this was by law put upon the Commanding Officers of the Militia & Superintended the Collection of [his?] Taxes. All this I did do Chearfully & never received one Shilling for my Services & Culpeper being one of the [larg]est County in the State have[ing] […] made it so much the more troublesome. surely eight years […] [some unpaid], tho I shou’d not Ask it only that it can be given without burthening the People, you will have applications from some of the officers of the Army lately disbanded who has been receiving our Countrys money for a considerable time for which they have not render’d one hours Service

I am Sir with much respect your most Obedt Servt

Jas. Barbour

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); faint; endorsed by TJ. Recorded in SJL as received 13 Mch. 1801.

James Barbour (1734–1804) served in the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1761 to 1765 representing Culpeper and in 1775 was county lieutenant and an officer in the revolutionary army. He served as a judge in the first court held in Kentucky, where he headed a commission, appointed by the Virginia legislature, to settle disputed land titles. An owner of property north of Madison Court House, Barbour was involved as an agent for James Madison, Sr., in a Kentucky land claim dispute (Raleigh Travers Green, Genealogical and Historical Notes on Culpeper County, Virginia. Embracing a Revised and Enlarged Edition of Dr. Philip Slaughter’s History of St. Mark’s Parish [Culpeper, Va., 1900], 136; Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Patriot Index [Washington, D.C., 1966], 34; Madison, Papers, Sec. of State Ser., 2:223–5, 273, 402–3; Leonard, General Assembly, 91).

Marshall of this state: Samuel McDowell, Jr.

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