James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Peter and Others, Ca. 6 January 1815 (Abstract)

From John Peter and Others, Ca. 6 January 1815 (Abstract)

§ From John Peter and Others. Ca. 6 January 1815. “We the Subscribers, citizens of Geo. Town beg leave restpectfully to recommend, the Appointment of James S. Morsell Esqr. to the office of Judge, vacated by the Death of Judge Fitzhugh.1

“Being much interested, that a gentleman of Professional Talents, assiduity, & Character; should succeed & knowing those requisites, to be preemminantly his, in addition to his popularity; & local information—we hesitate not to declare, that His appointment, would much Subserve, the best Interests, & Feelings of the District.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Morsell”). Signed by Peter and fifty-four others. Dated “January 1815”; conjectural day of month supplied based on evidence in n. 1.

1Judge Nicholas Fitzhugh died on 31 Dec. 1814. JM nominated Morsell for the position in a message dated 7 Jan. 1814, and the Senate approved the appointment on 11 Jan. (Alexandria Gazette, Commercial and Political, 31 Dec. 1814; 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 2:601–2).

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