§ From Caleb Wallace1
20 April 1804, Kentucky. “Mr. Harry Toulmin informs me that a Judge is to be appointed for a District on the Tombigby river in the Mississippi Territory, and that he is anxious to obtain the appointment. I therefore take the liberty through you to recommend him to the President as a person who I think qualified for that office. But as he never has acted as a Judge or Lawyer and is a native of England, it may be proper to suggest that about eleven years ago he came to this State with letters of recommendation from Mr. Jefferson yourself2 and several other respectable characters; on which he was for some time employed as the Principal teacher in the Transylvania Seminary. For the last seven or eight years he has with great propriety officiated as Secretary of State here, and made such proficiency in the Study of Law that a year or two ago he was appointed by our Executive with the Attorney General to make a Compilation of the Criminal Common Law. And with pleasure I subjoin that he is a Gentleman of liberal Education, good Genius, agreeable manners, and remarkeable attention to any business he engages in. He is also a very inteligent Republican, and I believe his political principles induced him to adventure to America, where, in every sense of the word, he has become naturalized.”
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1801–9, filed under “Toulmin”). 1 p.; sent as enclosure in Toulmin to JM, 1 May 1804.
1. Caleb Wallace (1742–1814) was a longtime friend of JM’s who graduated from the College of New Jersey at Princeton in 1770 and became a Presbyterian minister in his native Virginia, where he helped to found Hampden-Sydney College. After being admitted to the bar, he moved to Kentucky in 1783, where he served as judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, 1792–1813 (PJM description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (1st ser., vols. 1–10, Chicago, 1962–77, vols. 11–17, Charlottesville, Va., 1977–91). description ends , 1:60 n. 3).