James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Eustis, 10 September 1809

From William Eustis

Boston Septr 10. 1809


I have the honor to acknowledge your Letter of the 30th of August. Instructions are forwarded by this mail to Genl. Wilkinson to repair to the seat of Govt. By the last letters received from the General (dated Aug. 10th) it is expected he will have reached the vicinity of Fort Adams or Natches with the troops, or at least the greater part of them, by the time Genl. Hampton1 who will take the command, shall reach that place.

Presuming that the delay would not interfere with the object of his recall, I have requested Genl Wilkinson to wait the arrival of Hampton to give him the necessary information advice & instruction respecting the state & movement as well as the position of the troop⟨s.⟩

It has been a source of great satisfaction to me (and I trust will be well received by you) to learn that the measures of the Admn. are very generally approved. Chief Justice Parsons has said the *writer of the 3 Nos. in the Gazette of the U. S. is wrong.2 I am with perfect respect your obedt. Servt.

W. Eustis

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Revolutionary War veteran Wade Hampton was promoted to brigadier general in February 1809.

2Chief Justice Theophilus Parsons of the Massachusetts Supreme Court commented on a series of three anonymous articles entitled “The Proclamation!” which appeared in the Philadelphia US. Gazette published on 20, 21, and 23 Aug. The last of the articles argued that “the president of the United States of America has, by the constitution, no authority to legislate or to make laws,” which the author contended JM had done by issuing his proclamation of 9 Aug.

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[The following note(s) appeared in the margins or otherwise outside the text flow in the original source, and have been moved here for purposes of the digital edition.]

* Versus the proclamation.

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