James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Salmon Chase, 18 February 1803 (Abstract)

§ From Salmon Chase

18 February 1803, Portland. “By reason of the resignation of Capt. Joseph McLellan, and the continued absence of Major Joseph Boyd in Europe,”1 only two bankruptcy commissioners, “Mr. Wedgery” and himself, remain to transact business. “Great Inconvenience will arise should it happen that either of us should be unwell, interest⟨e⟩d or from home.” If the bankruptcy act is not repealed in the present session of Congress,2 hopes the president will appoint one or more commissioners. “I beg leave to mention Isaac Ilsley Esqr of this Town as a very worthy Person of respectable abilities & information, and a Man in whose integrity & fidelity confidence may be placed. His political sentiments fully accord with the measures of the present Administration, and his appointment will be very acceptable to its Friends, and the present Commissioners. I hope, Sir, you will accept of my apology, knowing very well I have no right to dictate who is the most proper person, but nevertheless I thought it my Duty to mention the man who would honour any appointment.”

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