James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Washington Johnston, 18 December 1811 (Abstract)

§ From Washington Johnston

18 December 1811, Vincennes. Encloses a memorial from the Indiana territorial House of Representatives respecting the reappointment of William Henry Harrison.1

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Harrison”). RC 1 p. Signed by Johnston as Speaker of the House of Representatives. For enclosure, see n. 1.

1Johnston enclosed a two-page memorial, dated December 1811, addressed to the president and Senate of the U.S., requesting the reappointment of Harrison as territorial governor on the grounds of his “unquallified patriotism,” his “mildness and forbearance in the administration of the civil department of the Government,” and his “talents and integrity … in the management of the Indian affairs,” particularly “the highly honorable & distinguished manner in which he conducted and closed the late campaign against the Indians on the wabash.” Another copy of the memorial (DNA: RG 46, TP, Indiana) is printed in Carter, Territorial Papers, Indiana, 8:157.

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