James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Coburn, 31 January 1811 (Abstract)

§ From John Coburn

31 January 1811, Mason, Kentucky. Reminds JM that he accepted a judgeship in the Louisiana Territory and claims that he has faithfully performed his duties, despite the fact that he has not yet moved to the territory because of “the reluctance of my family to abandon their relatives and connexions in Kentucky.” Since he has been employed in judicial positions for about twenty years and therefore lacks “the ordinary means of acquiring that competency sought for by most men,” he is willing to serve for a further four years if JM approves. Points out that his commission will expire during the next recess of Congress and therefore suggests the propriety of renewing his commission during the current session.1

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Coburn”). 2 pp. Cover dated Maysville, 8 Feb. 1811. Printed in Carter, Territorial Papers, Louisiana-Missouri, 14:437.

1JM nominated Coburn for a further four-year term as judge in the Louisiana Territory on 20 Nov. 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 , 2:191).

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