James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Pope, 30 September 1816

Lexington September 30th. 1816

Dr. Sir

I beg leave to recommend for the vacancy in the judiciary occasioned by the death of Judge Innis Mr. Silus M. Noel residing near Frankfort. I am not intimately acquainted with him but have understood that he has been a practising lawyer & for a time a judge. He is a gentleman of excellent education, good mind & very respectable legal attainments. His private character is unexceptionable & his general deportment dignified & agreable. Of his his political veiws I am not well informed but believe him to be a decided republican & a friend to the present administration. I owe it to candour to state that there are a few very few able experienced lawyers in the state, whom I would prefer to Mr. Noel, but considering his indepence & integrity of character & qualifications I believe in making a selection from those who will be recommended, you cannot make a better or more popular choice than Mr. Noel. I⟨n⟩ making these suggestions I beg leave to assure You that I am by no personal or political considerations Mr Noel is neither a relative nor particular friend of mine. I shall be gratified if the vacancy is filled by a man neither too weak nor too wicked to be independent & impartial. Please to accept assurances of my respect & esteem for you. Yours &c

John Pope

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

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