James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Oakley, 2 August 1805 (Abstract)

From John Oakley, 2 August 1805 (Abstract)

§ From John Oakley. 2 August 1805. “Finding the duties of a Justice of the peace for Washington County to interfere injuriously with my Office of Collector of the Customs for the District of George Town I beg leave through you to present my resignation of the Appointment of Justice of the peace to the President.”1

RC (DNA: RG 59, LRD). 1 p.; docketed by Jefferson, with JM’s note at foot of document: “Mr Wagner will inclose this to the President.”

1Oakley was named collector of customs at Georgetown, D.C., on 1 Oct. 1801 and justice of the peace for Washington County on 5 Apr. 1802 (Richard P. Jackson, The Chronicles of Georgetown, D.C., from 1751 to 1878 [Washington, 1878], 101; Senate Exec. Proceedings, 1:417–18).

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