§ From George Thompson1
26 June 1811, Shawanee Springs, Kentucky. Has seen the late act of Congress laying off districts in Orleans Territory, in each of which a land office is to be opened.2 Recommends Abraham J. McDowell as register for one of those offices. “He is a native Kentuckian; a fine person, his manners very interesting, his politicks truly republican.” Adds in a postscript, “In the foregoing letter [I] addressed you in your Public Character, I now feel a wish to speak to you as an old acquaintance & friend, whom I have not seen for many years. I am confident you will be pleased to hear that I am happily settled in this country and doing well. I hear from you almost every week, and to know that your countrymen respect you in Public and private life is extremely grateful to yr. old friend.”
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “McDowell”). 2 pp.
1. George Thompson had represented Fluvanna County on several occasions in the Virginia House of Delegates between 1779 and 1791 (PJM description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (1st ser., vols. 1–10, Chicago, 1962–77, vols. 11–17, Charlottesville, Va., 1977–91). description ends , 11:409 n. 3).
2. “An Act providing for the final adjustment of claims to lands, and for the sale of public lands in the territories of Orleans and Louisiana” (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17 vols.; Boston, 1848–73). description ends , 2:617–21).