James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Morton A. Waring, 29 July 1813

From Morton A. Waring

Charleston July 29, 1813


With much pain and regret I have seen announced in the Gazette, the rejection made by the Senate to the nomination of Mr. Hamilton to the office of Comm. of Loans for So. Carolina.1 The many peculiar and striking instances of favor, which I have experienced from you Sir, have emboldened me to ask a continuance in that Department, if you should think it not incompatible with your duty so to do—should you think it improper for me to hold that appointment, and the one which I now hold, (of Ma[r]shal,) to-gether I would prefer to continue in the office of Comm. of Loans; and vacate the appointment of Marshal—provided you would not consider yourself bound to go through the formalities of a reappointment, before this could be effected. Should the formalities of a reappointment be necessary—I would not risque them—and would therefore hold to the office of Marshal and vacate that of Comm of Loans.2 Mr. Hamilton is my Father in Law. Wishing you all the happiness you could desire I remain Sir very respectfully &

Morton A Waring

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

1JM had nominated Paul Hamilton, former secretary of the navy, as commissioner of loans for South Carolina on 22 June 1813. On 19 July the Senate voted not to confirm the appointment (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 , 2:373, 388, 391–92). News of the rejection appeared in the Charleston City Gazette and Commercial Daily Advertiser on 28 July 1813.

2For JM’s decision on filling the commissioner of loans vacancy, see Thomas Lehré to JM, 16 Mar. 1813, n. 1.

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