James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Henry Dearborn, 6 June 1814

From Henry Dearborn

New York June 6th, 1814


The Bearer Mr. Eakin late Pay-Master for this District having requested me to say what I know of his character as a Public Officer—I feel no objection to stating that as far as my acquaintance with Mr. Eakin’s Character extends, he has been attentive to the duties of his Office and has been considered as a capable & correct Officer. Such appears to be the genl. Opinion of the principal Officers at this Post as far as I have heard them expressed. With respectful consideration I am Sir Your obt. Servt.

H. Dearborn

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM. On the verso, a 20 June 1814 note signed by Joseph Bloomfield, “Br. Genl. U.S Army,” reads: “During my command, in the State of New-York; I have heard Officers of the Army, Speak of Mr. Eakin; as having in his Official duties of Paymaster, conducted in the most satisfactory manner; and therefore, I accord in the Opinion, within expressed, by Genl. Dearborn.”

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