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Memorandum from William Eustis, [ca. 27 March] 1812

Memorandum from William Eustis

[ca. 27 March 1812]

For consideration
Qr Master Genl— 1 Colo. Tallmage1 if he will accept which will be determined in the morng.
2 Colo. R. B. Livingston of N. York, father to the member of Congress2—to be also more particularly enquired into in case of the declension of Tallmage.
3 Morgan Lewis.

Deputy Qr Masters—civil. Wm Linnard Phila. Captn. Swann N. Orleans. Anthony Lamb Albany now acting as M. Agents—One in Boston J. Eustis acting Agent for five years—or  3 Stetson a man of character & qualifications—Military Deputy Qr. M. 4 in number to be defer’d untill the character of Officers of the line is better developed.

Comsy Genl. of Purchases. Oliver Wolcott of N. York or Peter B. Porter.

1  First assistant Tench Coxe Phila.

3  T. Mellville Junr.

2  James Taylor Kentucky.

W. Eustis

Nominations to be made on Monday.4

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM. Undated; date assigned here on the basis of the evidence presented in n. 4.

1Eustis was probably referring to the Federalist representative from Connecticut Benjamin Tallmadge (1754–1835), who had risen to the rank of colonel during the Revolutionary War. He served in the House of Representatives from 1801 to 1817.

2Eustis may have been in error here. The father of Representative Robert Le Roy Livingston was Walter Livingston.

3Left blank in the RC. Eustis was undoubtedly referring to Amasa Stetson of Massachusetts, whom JM nominated to the post of deputy commissary on 9 June 1812 (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 , 2:276).

4Monday was 30 Mar. 1812. JM, however, was not to forward some of the nominations Eustis suggested here until Wednesday, 1 Apr. 1812 (see Eustis to JM, 1 Apr. 1812 [second letter]).

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