James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Coburn, 10 January 1813 (Abstract)

§ From John Coburn1

10 January 1813, Maysville, Kentucky. Resigns his commission as judge in the Missouri Territory following passage of a congressional act making it “indispensible” for judges to reside in the territories over which they preside.2 Has performed the duties of his office “under circumstances extremely unpleasant—Traversing a wild and savage country in ten different journies.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, LRD). 2 pp. Printed in Carter, Territorial Papers, Louisiana-Missouri, 14:622–23.

1After resigning his judgeship, Coburn participated in the 1813 campaign in the Northwest. On 17 Jan. 1814 JM nominated him as a collector of the revenue for Kentucky (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 , 2:457, 461).

2Coburn referred to “An Act concerning the District and Territorial Judges of the United States,” which Congress approved on 18 Dec. 1812 (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17 vols.; Boston, 1848–73). description ends , 2:788).

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