Thomas Jefferson Papers

Andrew Moore to Thomas Jefferson, 8 October 1813

From Andrew Moore

Lexington Octr 8th 1813—


I have Receivd your Letter of the 2d Inst And have inclosd to Capt Miller a Written Permit to Return to Norfolk—He must Consider the Liberty as Subject to be Revoked by any1 anstance of Misconduct Hostile to the Government—And also In the Event of the Commissary Generals disapprobation—Neither of Which I apprehend—

I congratulate on our late Successes on the Lakes & upper Cannada—The late Attempts to Mutiny By the Marines & Seamen And also by Troops destend for Land Service—As Reported here Will—I am persuaded—Prevent their being Trusted on shore—I think a Premium—in Land—to Deserters—to be laid off at a future day—and not Transferrable before surveyd—If such a Provision could be made known in the British fleet—Would fight all our Battles—

On my Return to Richmond—Which will be as soon as I Recover from an Indisposition—I have been under since I left that place—I will Render any Assistance in my Power To promote the Sucess of Capt Miller

I am Sir With Great Respt & Estm Your Obt Sert

Andw Moore

RC (DLC); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello Albemarle County”; franked; postmarked Lexington, 11 Oct., and Charlottesville, 14 Oct.; endorsed by TJ as received 14 Oct. 1813 and so recorded in SJL.

The late successes by United States forces included Oliver Hazard Perry’s naval victory on Lake Erie, the recapture of Detroit and, three days before the date of this letter, the American triumph at the Battle of the Thames (Stagg, Madison’s War description begins John C. A. Stagg, Mr. Madison’s War: Politics, Diplomacy, and Warfare in the Early American Republic, 1783–1830, 1983 description ends , 329–30). Recent British raids on Maryland’s Eastern Shore had been foiled, at least in part, by the desertion of nearly one hundred of their servicemen and “a sort of a mutiny, or pretty general determination of the troops to desert, while in Kent Island” (Albany Argus, 10 Sept. 1813).

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Index Entries

  • Detroit, Mich. Territory; recaptured by U.S. forces search
  • Great Britain; desertion within armed forces of search
  • Lake Erie; O. H. Perry’s naval victory on search
  • Maryland; British raids on Eastern Shore search
  • Miller, Joseph; and Norfolk property search
  • Moore, Andrew; as federal marshal for Va. district search
  • Moore, Andrew; health of search
  • Moore, Andrew; letter from search
  • Moore, Andrew; on War of1812 search
  • Perry, Oliver Hazard; wins battle on Lake Erie search
  • Thames, Battle of the (Canada) search
  • War of1812; Battle of the Thames search
  • War of1812; British raids on Maryland’s Eastern Shore search
  • War of1812; O. H. Perry’s victory on Lake Erie search