James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Hubbard Taylor, 15 April 1809

From Hubbard Taylor

Clarke County Kentucky 15th. April 1809

⟨De⟩ar Sir

The Hon’ble John Allen1 of this State, (not having the pleasure of a personal acquaintance with you) has requested me to make known his willingness to fill the office now vacant by the non-acceptance of the Hon’ble John Boyle for the Illinoise Territory. This Gentleman has served as one of the Judges of the district & Circuit Courts of this State for many years, and a portion of the time in the Circuit of this County; His respectability firmness & punctuallity in discharge of the duties of the above office, induces me to beleive he would satisfactorily discharge the duties of the solicited appointment. I am with the highest respect and esteem Dr. sir Yr: Mo: ob: Hble: set

H. Taylor

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1A Virginia-born Revolutionary War veteran, Allen moved to Kentucky in 1786. He was not selected for the Illinois Territory post (Hopkins, Papers of Henry Clay, 1:38 n. 2; John Boyle to JM, 6 Apr. 1809 and n. 1).

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