James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Hugh Holmes, 23 February 1810 (Abstract)

§ From Hugh Holmes

23 February 1810, Winchester. Asks JM to find a position in one of the territories for Henry Daingerfield.1 “Because he is your distant relation and a Virginian I feel a confidence that you will render a service to him which he deserves and thereby a greater One to your Country.” The secretaryship in Mississippi would be appropriate, since Daingerfield is “the bosom friend” of the governor.

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Daingerfield”). 4 pp. Printed in Carter, Territorial Papers, Mississippi, 6:49–50. Holmes was a judge of the Virginia General Court and brother of Gov. David Holmes of Mississippi. JM also received a letter on Daingerfield’s behalf from Lawrence Augustine Washington, a nephew of George Washington, dated 18 Mar. 1810 (printed ibid., 6:53).

1Henry Daingerfield (1771–1815) of Winchester, Frederick County, was a grandson of JM’s aunt, Elizabeth Madison Willis Beale. He received a recess appointment as secretary of the Mississippi Territory on 30 June 1810 and served in that office until his death (VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. description ends , 32 [1924]: 135; WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly. description ends , 1st ser., 6 [1897–98]: 207; Carter, Territorial Papers, Mississippi, 6:75 n. 72, 514 n. 89; 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 , 2:159, 161).

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