James Madison Papers

John B. Colvin to Richard Forrest, 5 December 1809 (Abstract)

§ John B. Colvin to Richard Forrest

5 December 1809, Washington. Provides Forrest with the statement he requested that Forrest had supported JM’s election in 1808, that he had assisted Colvin in publishing the Washington Monitor, and that he had written articles for that paper in support of the Embargo.

RC (DLC). 1 p. Docketed by JM. On 22 Dec. 1809 JM nominated Forrest to be consul at Tunis. The Senate postponed the nomination, then finally rejected it on 1 May 1810 on the grounds that it was “not expedient, or necessary for the interest of the United States, that a Consul should be appointed, at present, to reside at Tunis.” The nomination of Forrest, a reputed Federalist and State Department clerk who was a member of the Madisons’ social circle in Washington, was to cause JM some embarrassment, and it became one of the grounds for the increasingly severe criticisms made against JM by Baptist Irvine in the Baltimore Whig (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 2:132–33, 139, 140, 147, 154; Baltimore Whig, 21, 25 Feb. and 25 Apr. 1810).

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