James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John B. Colvin, 5 January 1805 (Abstract)

§ From John B. Colvin1

5 January 1805, “Fredericktown, Maryland.” “Looking up to distinguished Republicans for support, I make bold to solicit your patronage for the ‘Republican Advocate.’ You are doubtless by this time enabled to judge of the merits of the publication, and I solicit you to authorise me to put your name on my subscription list.”

RC (DLC). 1 p.

1John B. Colvin (1778–1826) published the Frederick Republican Advocate from 1802 until his retirement in December 1806. He supported JM’s election in 1808 and was given a State Department clerkship by Robert Smith, against whom he later turned. Distrusted, but retained, by Monroe, he was dismissed from his post by John Quincy Adams (Brigham, History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1:265; Mattern and Shulman, Letters of Dolley Payne Madison, 398; Charles Francis Adams, ed., Memoirs of John Quincy Adams [12 vols.; Philadelphia, 1874–77], 6:288).

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