New York 4 June 1815
⟨ ⟩ James R. Kanham of the old Artillery, who has been in service ten years & made the Army his profession is omitted from the new Army list. Having been acquainted with Mr. Kanham for several years & frequently at the posts connected to his charge, I can say with confidence that he is a gentlemanly, attentive, capable & meritorious officer, and is universally esteemed. He is now in the prime of life further to be retained in the army, if resignations or other contingencies should afford an opportunity, and I beg leave to say that I can solicit and recommend his continuance with unusual pleasure and confidence.
In the event of the impracticability of his restoration to the Army I sincerely hope that it will be in your power & be agreeable to you to confer on him some civil office suitable to his qualifications, merits & services.
With great respect & esteem I have the honor to be Sir your Obt.
Daniel D Tompkins
DNA: RG 94--Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General.