James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Drayton, 21 May 1812

From John Drayton

Hopeland, (South Carolina) May 21st: 1812.


I yesterday received from the Department of State, the Appointment of District Judge, of this State; which, you have been pleased to confer upon me.1 I am now at my plantation, with my family; but shall hasten to Charleston in a few days, to enter upon the duties of that Station: and have written to the Department of State on the Subject. You will be so good, as to excuse my addressing this, to yourself. It is, for the express purpose, of presenting my grateful thanks to you for the appointment: And to assure you, that I am with the Sincerest good wishes, and the greatest respect, sir, Your most Obedient Servant

John Drayton

RC and duplicate (DLC). Both RC and duplicate docketed by JM.

1After Thomas Parker had declined JM’s offer of the district judgeship in South Carolina, JM nominated John Drayton to the position on 5 May 1812 (see Charles Pinckney to JM, 18 Feb. 1812, and n. 3; 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 , 2:262).

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