James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Lehré, 16 March 1813

From Thomas Lehré

Charleston March 16th: 1813.


It is reported here, that the Federal Marshal of this District, is to be removed, if that be the fact, then permit me Sir, to offer myself to you as a Candidate for that office.1

Among the various offices that I have had the honor, from time to time, to hold under this State, was that of the office of Sheriff of this District. I held that office twice.

The duties of which, it is well known here, also, to every one of our Members in Congress, and also to William Johnson Junr:, and John Drayton, Judges of the United States Courts here, were discharged by me in such a manner, as to gain me the approbation of every virtuous, candid, and impartial man in this State. Volumes of proofs are now in my possession to that effect.

I trust, that the President of the United States will not view my application personally to him other than in a favorable light, I do it because I think, from the stand I have taken in the Republican cause and the exertions and Sacrifices I have made to support it in this State, for many years past, I conceive I am entitled to some notice from a Republican administration.

Another reason is, that it appears to me necessary, at least during the War, that the office which it is said is to be vacated, requires a person who is acquainted with the Laws, and who will feel it to be his first duty to make them respected. With the highest Sentiments of respect I have the honor to be Sir, Your very Obedient and very humble Servant

Thomas Lehré

RC (DLC); duplicate (DLC: Jefferson Papers). RC docketed by JM. Duplicate, marked “(Copy),” was enclosed in Lehré to Thomas Jefferson, 23 Mar. 1813 (DLC), which Jefferson forwarded to JM in his letter of 10 Apr. 1813.

1William Jones had written to James Monroe on 8 Mar. 1813 about Robert E. Cochran’s poor performance as federal marshal in Charleston (DNA: RG 45, Area File 11). JM did not select Lehré to replace Cochran but instead nominated him to be commissioner of loans for South Carolina on 24 July 1813, with the Senate’s confirmation on 27 July (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 , 2:396, 401).

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