James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Rowan, 21 February 1809

Feby. 21st. 1809


The territory of Illinois having been lately erected I take the liberty of recommending the Honorable John Boyle as a Suitable Person to be Appointed Governor of that Territory. I have had the pleasure of an intimate acquaintance with Mr. Boyle for Several years. He has in a very high degree those Attributes of head and heart which constitute the principal qualifications for a Station so high and responsible. I mean, Extent of information, correctness of Judgement, soundness of discretion, decisiveness of Action, and Suavity of deportment. I am persuaded that his appointment to that Office (such is his Known worth) woud. give very General Satisffaction to the people of the Territory and of the Western Country Generally. I have the honor to be Sir your most Obt.

John Rowan

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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