§ From John Wayles Eppes
Ca. 12 February 1810. Informs JM that “Colo: Howard will accept the appointment.” Suggests that unless the public interest requires an immediate nomination, a delay would be prudent, since Howard is reluctant to deprive his constituents of his vote on important matters still pending before the House.
RC (DLC). 1 p. Dated “Monday Morning.” Conjectural date assigned here on the basis that 12 Feb. was the first Monday after 8 Feb., when Eppes had communicated with JM on the subject of Howard’s nomination. Benjamin Howard resigned as a congressman from Kentucky on 10 Apr., JM nominated him as governor of the Louisiana Territory on 17 Apr., and the Senate confirmed his appointment the following day (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 , 2:145, 146).