James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Caesar A. Rodney, 27 September 1810

From Caesar A. Rodney

Wilmington Sept. 27. 1810.

My Dear Sir,

The enclosed were received by the mail of this day. They contain very ample testimony of Col. Munroe’s principles & qualifications. If the fact stated by Mr. Clay, be correct, of which I have not the least doubt, it would furnish a sufficient excuse for selecting a character from Kentucky.1

The late Governor Sullivan would have been a suitable person to have succeeded judge Cushing. So is the late Governor Lincoln if his health will admit of it, tho’ I have understood he is likely to loose his eye sight. He is a sound lawyer, & what is more an upright honest man. I fear Bidwell has injured himself too much to be thought of. Yours Truly & Affecy.

C. A. Rodney

RC (DLC). For enclosures, see n. 1.

1Henry Clay had written to Rodney on 15 Sept. 1810 to recommend John Monroe, a judge of the Kentucky Superior Court, for an anticipated vacancy in the office of U.S. attorney in Ohio. Clay admitted that Monroe’s Kentucky residence might be an obstacle to his appointment, but he believed Monroe would move to Ohio in the event of his receiving the position. Rodney may have also forwarded a similar letter, dated 15 Sept. 1810, from Thomas Todd on Monroe’s behalf (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Monroe”).

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