James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Cyrus Griffin, 25 December 1809 (Abstract)

§ From Cyrus Griffin

25 December 1809, Norfolk. Asks JM to provide for a transfer that would shift his son, John Griffin, “from Michigan to a western or Southern position: he finds the Climate too cold for his Constitution.” Since his son is fluent in both French and Spanish, a judicial vacancy “upon or near the Mississippi” might be “advantageous to the public.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Griffin”). 2 pp. Postmarked 24 Dec. Printed in Carter, Territorial Papers, Michigan, 10:303–4. Jefferson had approved Judge Griffin’s transfer from the Indiana Territory to Michigan “agreeably to his own desire” on 23 Dec. 1805 (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 , 2:11; see also John Griffin to JM, 14 Apr. 1809, PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (2 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984-). description ends , 1:115 and n. 1).

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