James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Deering and Others, 21 January 1803 (Abstract)

§ From James Deering and Others

21 January 1803, Portland. Believing the president “has it in contemplation” to remove Nathaniel F. Fosdick as collector of Portland and Falmouth, they offer a suitable successor.1 “From our personal acquaintance with, and knowledge of, the disposition, good sense, integrity and abilities of Isaac Ilsley Esq. as well as his firm and avowed attachment to the present administration of Government, we think … he should be appointed to that office.… And, abstracting the sensations with which a very few might be affected, on account of the removal of the other Gentleman,… the appointment would give general satisfaction.”2

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