James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Freeman, 15 November 1813 (Abstract)

From Thomas Freeman, 15 November 1813 (Abstract)

§ From Thomas Freeman. 15 November 1813, Lebanon, Ohio. “Peace be to the Goverment, peace be to you, peace, be to your house, & peace be to all that you have. Our arms have been victorious, as our cause is good, so it appears to be successful, & fortune seems to smile with beneficience upon us. Brigadier General Cass, has been successfully Clambering up the steeps of fame, & although he has well succeeded, yet I hope he may still farther succeed, for I believe it would be hard to say too much in his favour. Common fame, has noised it abroad that he (Gen. Cass) is to be Governor of the Michigan Territory, & if so, I should expect from his merrits that the appointment would meet Universal approbation. If that should take place the office of Marshall of this state would be vacant of course a new appointment would have to be made, & if so, then I, your Excllency’s humble servant, would be willing to receive the Appointment; & on its receipt would endeavour to do my duty to the best of my abilities.1 I never wish to boast of myself, for as I dislike to tell my faults I shall say nothing of my good actions. Though (without ostentation) I believe my country’s friends have nothing to accuse me of. My rule is never to make rash promises, & in this case I shall not break the rule; but if I obtain the office, I expect to give good security, faithfully to perform its duties, & then I shall try to take care of myself & Bail.2 I know not who are candidates, neither do I care, but if there be other candidates (as generally there seldom happens any failure on that score) I wish the appointment to be given, to those who may do most justice to the office. The Honourable J. Mc.Lean, (of the House of Representatives[)], is acquainted with me & would no doubt state freely his oppinion of my qualifications, as he was the first who proposed to me to be a candidate.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Freeman”). 2 pp. Cover docketed by Monroe: “appln.”

1JM nominated John Hamm as marshal for the district of Ohio on 29 Dec. 1813, and the Senate confirmed the appointment 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 2:445–46).

2Bail: security, surety, guarantee (OED Online description begins Oxford English Dictionary. description ends ).

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