James Madison Papers

To James Madison from David Nye and Others, 8 August 1804 (Abstract)

§ From David Nye and Others

8 August 1804, Falmouth. “Humbly represent the Subscribers that they are well acquainted with James Freeman Esqr. of Sandwich in the State of Massachusetts & having Understood that the said Freeman has made application for the appointment of Collector for the District of Barnstable in the place of Joseph Otis Esqr.1 the present incumbent in that Office, we take the liberty to state to your Honour that the said Freeman is a respectable Magistrate in the County wherein he resides that he is a Man of reputation and Integrity, in Addition to which we know him to have uniformly been & that he still continues to be a Steady active & zealous friend & supporter of the existing Administration of the Federal Government.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1801–9, filed under “Freeman”). 2 pp.; docketed by Jefferson. Signed by David Nye and twenty-eight others.

1Joseph Otis (1726–1810), brother of politician James Otis Jr. and secretary of the U.S. Senate Samuel Allyne Otis, was a Revolutionary War veteran and served as collector of customs at Barnstable, Massachusetts, 1789–1809 (John J. Waters Jr., The Otis Family in Provincial and Revolutionary Massachusetts [Chapel Hill, N.C., 1968], 110, 189, 202; Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 1:12–13, 2:107).

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