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To George Washington from William Blount, 9 February 1797

Philadelphia Feb. 9th 1797


In reply to your Request for the specific Charges against David Campbell to opperate (as I presume) as Reasons why he should not be nominated to the office of federal Judge of the District of Tennessee, I offer the following, That at the first Session of the Legislature held for the State of Tennessee that Gentleman caused himself to be put in Nomination for a Judge, was himself upon the spot, pushed his Interest with his Friends and upon the Ballots being counted he had not half the Number of Votes required to elect a person to that office.

The Members of the Legislature who voted on this occasion had seen and known Mr Campbell for years at least seven in the Exercise of the office of a Judge and in my Judgment they voted against him upon a Conviction that he did not possess legal abilities nor Stability of Sentiment or opinion sufficient to quality him to discharge with Propriety the duties of a Judge—The Election of the Persons who were elected Judges of Tennessee nor the Nonelection of Mr Campbell did not turn upon the Spirit of any political Party for no such Party existed— I have the Honor to be very respectfully Your obedient Servant

Wm Blount

DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.

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