James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Samuel Stanhope Smith, 13 February 1812 (Abstract)

§ From Samuel Stanhope Smith

13 February 1812, Princeton. Assures JM that Josiah Simpson “of this State having been named … for an honourable appointment under government … is a gentleman of excellent natural talents, & of very respectable literary attainments.”1 Cannot judge his legal knowledge but knows “he bears a fair & excellent reputation among the gentlemen of his profession.” “In politics, he is what is called in party dialect, a true republican: but with me, if a man be wise & honest, he is equally my friend.” Offers his compliments to Mrs. Madison and in a postscript adds: “I have lately had a slight paralytic stroke, in my right side particularly, which affects my hand writing.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Simpson”). 1 p. Printed in Carter, Territorial Papers, Mississippi, 6:265.

1JM had already nominated Simpson, a graduate of the College of New Jersey at Princeton in 1803, to a judgeship in the Mississippi Territory on 10 Feb. 1812 (Looney and Woodward, Princetonians, 1791–1794, p. 439; 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 , 2:211).

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