§ From Shadrach Bond, Edward Hempstead,
and John B. C. Lucas
26 January 1813, Washington. Recommend Silas Bent of St. Louis to fill the “Vacancy in the office of Judge of the Superior Court of the Territory of Missouri, occasioned by the resignation of Mr: Coburn.”1
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Bent”). 2 pp. A note at the foot of the RC is signed by A. Lacock, A. Lyle, Robert Brown, and David Bard as concurring in the recommendation. Printed in Carter, Territorial Papers, Louisiana-Missouri, 14:626.
1. A few days later Lucas sent JM an undated letter outlining Bent’s qualifications for a judicial appointment (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Bent”; 1 p.; printed in Carter, Territorial Papers, Louisiana-Missouri, 14:626–27). JM nominated Bent for the judgeship on 16 Feb. 1813, and the Senate confirmed the appointment two days later (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 , 2:324, 326).