John Rowan letter

Abstract

The John Rowan letter (dated 1825 May 13; 0.01 cubic feet; 1 item) comprises a letter of recommendation for Philip Thomas Trapnall, the son of Dr. Philip Trapnall of Richmond, Kentucky, for a Midshipman's warrant in the U.S. Navy.

Descriptive Summary

Title
John Rowan letter
Date
1825 May 13
Extent
0.01 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters of recommendation.
Military appointments
Finding Aid Author
Megan Mummey
Preferred Citation
2021ms012 : [identification of item], John Rowan letter, 1825 May 13, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
John Rowan (1773-1843) was a Kentucky politician and lawyer who was also a delegate to Kentucky's Constitutional Convention in 1799. During his career in politics he held a variet of state offices in Kentucky, including judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals. As a member of the Relief Party, he was elected to the United States Senate in 1825.
Scope and Content
The John Rowan letter (dated 1825 May 13; 0.01 cubic feet; 1 item) comprises a letter of recommendation for Philip Thomas Trapnall, the son of Dr. Philip Trapnall of Richmond, Kentucky, for a Midshipman's warrant in the U.S. Navy. The letter, written to an unknown recipient two months into Rowan's term as Senator, mentions an accompanying letter (not included in the collection) from Dr. Philip Trapnall. The letter illustrates the patronage system in the United States military. The letter is as follows: "Dear Sir, Enclosed you have the letter of Doctor Trapnall of Ky, relatives to the age of his son Philip Thomas Trapnall. The Young man, for whom I had the honor to request a Midshipman's warrant, which on account of my not being able to state his age, could not THEN be granted, may I hope, NOW, that his age is known, that the warrant will be signed. I forbore from delicacy, to state to you, that Doctor Trapnall, is a zealous, and influential friend, to the POWERS THAT BE. I do not mention it NOW, in the expectation that it can, or ought to have any influence upon his application. But from the consideration that it is perhaps due from me, to the doctor, to let his political sentiments be known to the department, to which he makes the application. I have the honor to be with high respect your obt. J. Rowan"

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Contents of the Collection

John Rowan letter, 1825 May 13

  • Box MS-49, folder 1
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