George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Cocke, 1 February 1797

February the 1st 1797


In answer to yours of this date to Mr Blount And myself, I have to Observe that you May recollect that Some time past I delivered you a letter from Mr David Campbell on the Subject of his beeing appointed District Judge in the State of Tennessee and in Our then Conversation you intimated a de Sire to be informed whether he was a proper person to fill that Office I informed you that the Assembly had not elected him a State Judge that he was a Candidate and got but Very few Votes & that the Objections a gainst him went as well to his want of Candour as of Legal knowledge and took the liberty to mention Mr John Rhea as a person every way qualified to fill that Office I know not who recommended Mr Campbell to you but I know his discisions have been much Complained off and with Good reason and that in a number of instances they stand Opposed to each Other of record in the different Courts in which he presideed on the Same points of Law and as he is generally thought a Very improper person to fill the Office of a Judge and as my acquaintance with him evinces me of the propriety of that Oppinion I esteem it my duty to be Opposed to his Appointment. Mr Blount is now at new York and as Soon as he returns we will do Our Selves the pleasure to wait On You on this Subject with Respect I am Your Obedt Servt

Wm Cocke

DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.

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