James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Michael Leib, 31 January 1812 (Abstract)

§ From Michael Leib

31 January 1812. “M Leib received the enclosed recommendation this morning, and in compliance with the wishes of the recommenders he submits it, with a former one, to the consideration of the President.”1

RC (DNA: RG 59, ML). 1 p. Readdressed by JM to “The Secretary of State” and docketed by Monroe.

1Leib may have forwarded to JM a 30 Jan. 1812 letter from Pennsylvania representatives Abner Lacock and Aaron Lyle recommending Robert Moore of Beaver Town, Pennsylvania, for appointment as a judge in the Louisiana Territory to replace the recently deceased Otho Shrader (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Moore”). The “former one” to which Leib referred was probably a petition dated 17 Jan. 1812 and signed by George Graham and sixteen other citizens of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, recommending James M. Riddle for the same vacancy (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Riddle”). On 4 Feb. 1812 Abner Lacock wrote to JM to remind him of the recommendation he and Lyle had sent earlier and enclosed a three-page petition addressed to JM, dated 9 Dec. 1811 and signed by twenty-one citizens of “the first respectability” of Beaver Town, recommending Robert Moore for the territorial judgeship (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Moore”). The president was unmoved by these petitions and on 7 May 1812 nominated William Sprigg of Ohio for the position (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 , 2:265).

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