James Madison Papers

From James Madison to James Monroe, 4 May 1821

To James Monroe

Montpellier May 4. 1821

Dear Sir

I observe that Genl. A. Moore1 has resigned the office of Marshall for Virga. I know not who may be candidates for the vacancy. I beg leave to name for your consideration Mr. Robert Taylor of this County, formerly a Speaker of our Senate, & of a character well established for intelligence, proberty [sic], and habits of punctuality in business. I am particularly induced to bring him into view by the circumstance, of my having postponed him to Genl. Moore, when they were competitors for the office, which he may possibly suppose was occasioned less by the inferiority of his pretensions, than by a delicacy, a false one as it might appear to him, suggested by his kindred to me.2 I have had no communication with him; nor does he know that I am writing to you on the subject. With the highest esteem & consideration, yours always,

James Madison

RC (DLC: Monroe Papers).

1Andrew Moore (1752–1821), a Revolutionary War veteran and Republican from Rockbridge County, Virginia, served in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1789–97 and 1803–4, and in the U.S. Senate, 1804–9. JM appointed him marshal for Virginia in 1810, and he held that post until shortly before his death (PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (9 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends 8:540 n. 1; Monroe to JM, 19 May 1821).

2Robert Taylor was JM’s second cousin (PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends 2:50 n.2).

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