James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Craven P. Luckett, 11 November 1811 (Abstract)

§ From Craven P. Luckett

11 November 1811, Louisville, Kentucky. Reminds JM of letters of recommendation he presented in April in seeking a territorial judgeship or secretarial position.1 Requests now the Louisiana judgeship vacated by the death of Otho Shrader and promises to discharge the duties of the position faithfully. “I have married the Daughter of an old Friend of yours Colo. Greenup late Gove[r]nor of this State, whose Letter of recommendation you will receive ere long.2 I have been engaged the last eleven years of my Life in acquiring a knowledge of the Law; a study of five years in Maryland with the practical information of six years in this State.” Refers JM to Stephen Ormsby for his character over the last six years.

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Luckett”). 2 pp.

1See Samuel McKee to JM, 2 Mar. 1811 (PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (4 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends , 3:195 and n.).

2See Christopher Greenup to Monroe, 17 Nov. 1811 (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Luckett”). Much of this letter was taken up with news of the recent conflict between William Henry Harrison and the Northwest Indians at Tippecanoe. Only in the last paragraph did Greenup mention Luckett’s request for a position, adding that as Luckett was his son-in-law, “Delicacy forbids my saying much as to his qualifications and standing in life, tho’ I am satisfied they will bear the strictest scrutiny.” He nevertheless asked Monroe to show his letter to JM.

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