James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Joseph Coffin Boyd, 25 August 1803 (Abstract)

§ From Joseph Coffin Boyd1

25 August 1803, Portland. Was informed on his arrival from France of his appointment as commissioner of bankruptcy for the District of Maine. On presenting his commission to the board of commissioners, however, was informed that his commission was “not Valid” and that a Mr. Mussey2 had been appointed in his stead. His friends advised him to write to Judge Sewall “to know the truth” of the affair, but he believes, as does John Langdon, that he should address JM. Wishes to know “the will of the President” and JM’s orders.

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