James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Thornton, 20 December 1810 (Abstract)

§ From William Thornton

20 December 1810, Washington. Encloses a letter from Mr. Eccleston that arrived in the U.S. some time ago.1 Has heard rumors of a change “in the Situation of the Post Master General” and mentions that his friend Mr. Fairfax, a gentleman of integrity and “firmly attached to the Government,” would be gratified to receive the appointment.

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Fairfax”). 1 p. On 22 Dec. 1810 Ferdinand Fairfax wrote to JM announcing that he had made arrangements to reside most of the year in Washington and would gladly accept any office JM cared to give him (ibid.; 1 p.).

1Thornton probably enclosed Daniel Eccleston to JM, 1 Oct. 1810 (see PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (3 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984—). description ends , 2:569).

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