James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Arunah Metcalf, 13 May 1812 (Abstract)

§ From Arunah Metcalf1

13 May 1812, Washington. Recommends Nathan Williams of Utica for the additional district judgeship in New York. Williams’s private character and his reputation for “political integrity & legal information” are “too generally known; to gain by any Communication of mine.” Has heard that the duties of the office will require the new judge to spend “a principal part of his time” in New York City because of the ill health of Judge Talmadge. Is unable to say whether this would be agreeable to Mr. Williams, but his appointment would be pleasing to the citizens of western New York.2

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Williams”). 1 p.

1Arunah Metcalf (1771–1848) was a Republican representative from Otsego, New York, in the Twelfth Congress.

2On 21 Dec. 1813 JM appointed Nathan Williams to be principal assessor for the direct tax in the Sixteenth District of New York (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 , 2:441).

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