James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John B. C. Lucas (Abstract), 19 May 1805

§ From John B. C. Lucas

19 May 1805, Pittsburgh. “Having received from the president since I had the honnour of writting to you, Letters pattent by which I am appointed a commissioner for ascertaining and adjusting the titles and Claims to Land in the District of Louisianna, I have taken the determination of accepting the Commission of a judge of the territory of Louisianna which you have transmitted to me some time past.1 I at first felt reluctant to accept that office as the salaries appartening to the same without any other would not have been sufficient to bear my expenses.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, Acceptances, 1789–1812). RC 1 p.; docketed by Jefferson. Docketed by Wagner, with his note: “Judge Lucas Michigan Territory.”

1See Lucas to JM, 4 May 1805, and n. 3.

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