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To James Madison from H. Potter, 11 February 1809

Newbern 11th. Feby. 1809

Dear Sir

I am just informed that Mr. Francis X Martin has been named to the President as a proper character to fill a vacancy on the bench of the Orleans Territory, and am desired to commmunicate to Our Senators in Congress such knowledge as I Possess of his Character.

He is a frenchman, as you know, but I think him a correct Lawyer & a man of honesty & integrity. His standing at the bar has been very respectable for many years; and he is a republican. This mere intimation of character must suffice; for my head & Pockets are full of Embargo laws. I this moment retired from Court & am still Pressed by motions, Countermotions, & Petitions. In very great haste I am Sincerely Yr. friend & Servt.

H. Potter

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

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