James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Benjamin B. Mumford and Others, 24 November 1812 (Abstract)

§ From Benjamin B. Mumford and Others

24 November 1812, Newport. Recommend Asher Robbins for the office of district attorney.1 “No Gentleman can be better qualified than he, for the discharge of the duties of that office, not only possessing moral, but political and legal talents. Our former recommendations of this Gentleman bespeaks [sic] his worth, & to discribe anew his talents, natural & acquired, & his moral virtues, would only be a repetition of his merits. We beg Sir your attention to the splendid Abilities of this Gentleman, convinced as we are, that he will honor the appointment; & give universal satisfaction to the public in that capacity.” Refer JM to their former recommendations of Robbins.

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Robbins”). 2 pp.; signed by Mumford, Constant Taber, William Wilbour, Thomas G. Pitman, W. Nichols, James Peny, and Joseph Briggs.

1On 8 Dec. 1812 JM nominated Robbins to replace David Howell as U.S. attorney for Rhode Island, and his nomination was approved by the Senate the following day (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 , 2:310). Robbins wrote to JM accepting the post on 16 Dec. 1812 (DNA: RG 59, Acceptances, 1813–20).

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