James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Michael Baldwin (Abstract), 8 March 1805

§ From Michael Baldwin

8 March 1805, Chillicothe. “The Marshall for the District of Ohio, informed me that he should shortly resign his Commission, Should that event take place,1 you would confer an obligation upon me, by informing the President of the United States, that I would accept the commission, should it be conferred upon me.2 I have resided nearly seven years in this country as a practising Attorney, but am about quitting the profession. You will I hope, Sir, pardon me for making this request.”

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

2On 20 Apr. 1805 Jefferson named former Ohio district attorney Michael Baldwin marshal for the Ohio district; his name was submitted to the Senate on 20 Dec. 1805. By early 1807 complaints had arisen about his handling of funds, and on 2 Mar. 1807 Jefferson named Lewis Cass to the position (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Permanent and Temporary Presidential Commissions; PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (9 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 8:143 and n. 1; 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 , 1:447, 2:7–8, 54; James Dunlap and Thomas Needham to John Smith, 13 Jan. 1807, and Baldwin to Jefferson, 18 Jan. 1806 [1807] [DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1801–9, filed under “Baldwin”]).

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