James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Frederick Bates, 28 November 1810 (Abstract)

§ From Frederick Bates

28 November 1810, Louisiana, St. Louis. Expresses gratitude for the confidence JM has shown in him during his term as territorial secretary, during which time he twice had to assume executive responsibilities. Concedes that he probably made errors but is not conscious of having done so. Has declined to solicit reappointment “in the ordinary forms, determined to ask it only of you.”1

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Bates”); letterbook copy (MoSHi). RC 1 p. Printed in Carter, Territorial Papers, Louisiana-Missouri, 14:426.

1JM nominated Bates for a further four-year term as territorial secretary on 9 Jan. 1811 (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 , 2:160).

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