From Benjamin H. Latrobe
Philadelphia October 24h. 1802.
I beg leave to transmit to you by my particular friend, and near relation,—Mr Eakin of the War-office the enclosed letter, in which I have taken the liberty to give to you all the information which I possess on the proposed plan of a canal communication between the Delaware & Chesapeake bays. I have done this with a view to suggest the propriety of this subject being taken up by Congress as an important national object;—which is now in the way of being either irretrievably lost, or advantageously accomplished,—& which, I am convinced, that your recommendation would call into the notice it deserves. Mr. Eakin possesses lands in the probable neighborhood of the canal, and with a clear & impartial judgement possesses much information on this subject. On this account, and as a young man of no common merit, I beg leave to recommend him to your polite notice.
I am with true respect Your faithful hble Servnt
B Henry Latrobe.
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 20 Nov. and “by Eakin” and so recorded in SJL.
James EAKIN was a cousin of Latrobe’s wife, Mary Elizabeth Latrobe, and had a long career as a clerk in the War Department (Latrobe, Correspondence description begins John C. Van Horne and Lee W. Formwalt, eds., The Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, New Haven, 1984–88, 3 vols. description ends , 1:177n).