James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Smith, 2 January 1807

Philadelphia January 2d: 1807.


Permit me to take the liberty to inform you, that my commission, as Marshal of the Pennsylvania District, will expire on the 25th: instant.

It is my wish to be honored with a re-appointment; and I rely upon your goodness, to introduce the Subject to the President, in the most favorable manner.

My official conduct has, I believe, obtained an approbation of the Bench, the Bar, and the Suitors, of the Federal Courts, as nearly approaching to unanimity, as could reasonably be expected: Personal feeling, and party prejudice, may, perhaps, discover, or create, objections, but, be assured, Sir, that upon the test of my own Conscience also I have acted a diligent, faithful, and impartial, part.

I am aware that the unfortunate collision of ⟨   ⟩ Politics in our State, has produced new Combinations, and New interests. But I beg you to understand, explicitly, that the principles and pursuits, which recommended me, at first, to the favor of the President, are without change in Motive, and in object. I am the inflexible friend of the Republican cause, and the Republican Administration of 1801.

Accept, Sir, my most cordial wishes for your health & happiness. & am With High Consideration your Obedient Servant,

Jno. Smith,
Marshal of the District of Pennsylvania

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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