James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Frazier, 3 January 1805 (Abstract)

§ From James Frazier

3 January 1805, Vienna Customhouse, Collector’s Office. “In 1795 I recvd, two commissions from President Washington, one as collector of the customs for this District and the other as Inspector,1 which commissions was consum’d by fire as well as my dwelling house on the 30th. Janry. 1804. I have acted under the authority given me ever since, and has endeavored to discharge my duty with fidelity.

“After a trial of near ten years have found the emoluments of my Offices, by no means adaquate to the support of my family and of course think proper to resign. I wish the Honorable President to appoint a successor as soon as convenient.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1801–9, filed under “Frazier”). 1 p.; docketed by Jefferson.

1Frazier was named collector and inspector at Vienna, Maryland, on 20 Feb. 1795. He encountered financial difficulties and apparently resigned in anticipation of his removal (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, D.C., 1828). description ends , 1:172; John Riddell to [Albert Gallatin?], 27 Sept. 1804, DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1801–9, filed under “Smith, Alexander”; Frazier to [Gallatin?], 15 Oct. 1804, ibid., filed under “Frazier”; Frazier to Gallatin, 22 Nov. 1804, ibid., filed under “Smith, Alexander”).

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