James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Brent and Others, ca. 18 May 1812 (Abstract)

§ From Robert Brent and Others

Ca. 18 May 1812. The subscribers petition for the appointment of a justice of the peace for “that part of the city of Washington generally called ‘Green-leafs-point,’ which, being a detach’d settlement, is often the resort of dissolute and licentious persons from the Navy-yard and other places, who by their turbulent and riotous conduct disturb the peace of the inhabitants, and commit outrages upon their persons and property.” Suggest the appointment of David Hopkins, a Revolutionary veteran officer who later served as marshal of the District of Maryland.

RC (DLC). 1 p. Signed by Brent, Thomas Tingey, William Cranch, James Greenleaf, and Samuel Eliot, Jr. Undated; date assigned here on the basis of JM’s nomination of Hopkins as a justice of the peace for the county of Washington in the District of Columbia on 21 May 1812 (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 , 2:268).

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