New Jersey Burlington June 6th. 1815.
Permit me to address You, relatively to the appointment, of a Judge, of the New-Jersey district; in the place of Robert Morris, who died on the 3d. inst.
Governor Pennington, Chief Justice Kirkpatrick, Judge Russell and Joseph McIlvaine, the Attorney of the United States, for the New-Jersey district, it is said, are Offerred as Candidates.
Time has powdered the heads of those first Gentlemen, who are Scarcely within the age of three-score years. Men of their Advanced Age, instead of ascending ought to prepare to descend from the Seat of Justice. The district Judge is for no definite term of Years, but continued, and indeed has in more States than New-Jersey, been holden by imbecile-old-Age, to the great delay of Public Justice.
Joseph McIlvaine, after a liberal education, was admitted to the Bar, on his arrival of Age in 1791. and, ever Since has been Solely Occupied in the practice of the Law. He is now in the prime of life & usefulness.
I beg leave to refer to Mr. Dallas and Judge Washington, for correct information, respecting the education, legal acquirements and Age of the Candidates.
I have the honor to be, Sir, Most respectfully & truly, Your most obedt. Humble Servt.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.