James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Wayles Eppes, 8 February 1810 (Abstract)

§ From John Wayles Eppes

8 February 1810, Washington. Upon learning that Mr. Graham has declined the governor’s post in Louisiana has decided to suggest Col. Benjamin Howard as “peculiarly well calculated for a station where military as well as civil Talents may be important.” The suggestion is made without Howard’s knowledge, but that officer’s name came to mind since Louisiana is “a station … surrounded by hordes of hostile savages.” Howard’s early experience as an Indian fighter and as a volunteer with General Wayne affords him “a perfect knowledge of Indians.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Howard”). 2 pp. Printed in Carter, Territorial Papers, Louisiana-Missouri, 14:374. Shortly after receiving this note, JM may have authorized Eppes to sound out Howard about his accepting the position (see Eppes to JM, ca. 12 Feb. 1810).

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