James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Isaac Wilbour, 1 December 1812 (Abstract)

§ From Isaac Wilbour1

1 December 1812, Little Compton, Rhode Island. Is told that Asher Robbins is willing to accept the office of district attorney for the District of Rhode Island. Believes that if the office goes to Robbins, “the duties there of will be discharged with Honor to him selfe & the Goverment.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Robbins”). 2 pp.

1Isaac Wilbour (1763–1837) served in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, 1805–6, and was lieutenant governor of the state, 1806–7 and 1810–11. Wilbour was a Republican representative in the Tenth Congress, and he served as associate justice on the supreme court of Rhode Island in 1818 and as chief justice, 1819–27 (Patrick T. Conley, Democracy in Decline: Rhode Island’s Constitutional Development, 1776–1841 [Providence, 1977], 175).

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