From Edward Hempstead
Washington City March 4. 1813.
It having been suggested that Governor Howard would be probably appointed a Brigadier General in the Army1 in which case his successor will be appointed before the next Session. Though unwilling to lose his services as Governor, yet if such an event happens, I feel some anxiety that the office should be filled by some person, who will give satisfaction to the people. Under this view and not with a view to oppose the reappointment of Governor Howard, I forward the enclosed recommendation for Gen William Clark.2 He is I presume too well known to the Government to require further recommendations. I have the honor to be with great respect Sir Yr most ob ser
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Clarke, General William”). Enclosure not found.
1. See James Taylor to JM, ca. 1 Feb. 1813, PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (6 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends , 5:641–42 and n. 1.
2. JM nominated William Clark as governor of the Missouri Territory on 31 May 1813, and the Senate approved the appointment on 2 June (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 2:346–49).