Washington april 25. 1815.
I have yours of the 23d. Col: Aspinwall is desirous of obtaining the appointment to London as you were apprized before you left us. The principal competitiors are Col: Drayton & Com: Barney. The loss of his arm gives him I think a stronger claim than either of the others, and will perhaps reconcile both of them to his appointment. His appointment would open a place in the army for some other officer, and the making of it at this time, produce an happy effect on the army, especially that portion who will be discharged. Could Genl. Cushing be appointed Collector at New London instead of Huntington who is said to be rich & superanuated, the good effect would be more extensively felt. Mr Dallas & I had some conversation on these topics last night & he seemd to concur in the policy of both measures. The spirit of discontent with many here, is strong & active, and directed even against the govt. as I am told, tho’ known to be well disposed towards them. Their distress is a satisfactory apology. An early answer is desirable, as the board are making active progress in their work. affecy. yours
DLC: Papers of James Monroe.