James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Perez Morton, 20 March 1815

Boston March 20th. 1815

Dear Sir

Understanding that the President is authorized, in the reduction of the Army, to retain Such Officers as he shall select, I cannot but solicit your Influence in favor of Doctr. Joseph Lovell to be retained as one of the hospital Surgeons; his Character here stands high in professional knowledge, as well as in a moral view, his political tenets have uniformly been those of an undeviating Republican, attached to the Constitution, and the present Administration; he has served thro’ the whole of the present War, in places where the most sanguinary Contests took place, under Gens. Brown, Scott & Ripley; And if report speaks truth exposed himself in the most dangerous situations that he might afford professional relief as early as possible to those languishing under wounds on the field of Battle- he has indeed been spoken highly of by all the Officers, whom I have seen, that have returned home. I sincerely believe no better appointment could be made, than by naming Mr. Lovell to the place of one of the hospital Surgeons.

Your kind attention to this request, I shall consider a particular favor, & am yr. most Obedt. Serv

Perez Morton

DNA: RG 94--Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General.

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