James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Joseph Howell, 24 January 1791

From Joseph Howell

Office of late Army Account⟨s⟩
Philada. Jany 24 1791.


The Certificate alluded to in the letters herewith returned is not to be found in this Office. It either never was lodged by Mr Dunscomb or in the late movement from New York has been misplaced. The Certificate, I conceive, cannot be of material use to Capt Spotswood1 in his application for Commutation for with or without it must prove fruitless on a[ccoun]t of his receiving a pension from the U. S.

J Howell

FC (DNA: RG 93, War Department, Revolutionary War Records). Enclosures not found.

1John Spotswood (d. 1800) of Orange County attended Eton during the 1760s and married Sally Rowzee in 1771. A captain of the Virginia Continental line, he was wounded and captured at Germantown in 1777. He later served as a justice of the peace (WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly. description ends , 1st ser., II [1893–94], 113–20; VIII [1899–1900], 190; VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. description ends , XXV [1917], 180–89; Heitman, Historical Register Continental description begins F. B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution (Washington, 1914). description ends , p. 512; JCSV description begins H. R. McIlwaine et al., eds., Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia (4 vols. to date; Richmond, 1931—). description ends , IV, 122).

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