James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Willis Alston, 2 March 1810 (Abstract)

§ From Willis Alston

2 March 1810, Representatives Chamber. Encloses a letter he has detained for some time while waiting to see if the bill for an additional judgeship in the Mississippi Territory would pass.

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Alston”). 1 p. Alston served as a Republican congressman from North Carolina between 1799 and 1815 and again from 1825 to 1831. Enclosure was probably Marmaduke Williams to JM, 6 Jan. 1810 (ibid.; 1 p.), seeking an appointment to a judicial position in the Mississippi Territory. JM also received letters written on 2 and 3 Mar. from three other members of the North Carolina congressional delegation, Jesse Franklin, James Holland, and Nathaniel Macon, advocating the claims of either Marmaduke Williams or his cousin John Williams for the Mississippi judgeship (ibid.).

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