James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Andrew Moore, 16 April 1813

From Andrew Moore

Richmond April 16th. 1813


A Lieutenant, Boatswain, and Midshipman, British prisoners sent from Norfolk arrived this day, I have paroled them, to Major Tinsleys, forty five miles from this place; Fifty seven Sailors are on their way here, I have applied to the Jailor, and also the keeper of the Penitentiary, neither can receive them, I cant find any other place in which they can be secured unless I lease a house, the expence of leasing and fitting up a house would be considerable, I will endeavour to procure a place for them here, until I obtain your instructions, I am of opinion a removal forty or more miles into the Country would be the Cheapest and safest I am Sir your obt. Servt.

Andrew Moore MVDt1

RC (DNA: RG 94, War of 1812, Records Relating to Prisoners, entry 127-A, box 7, folder 5, bundle 152). Docketed in an unidentified hand as received and answered on 19 Apr. 1813. JM probably forwarded this letter to John Mason, commissary general for prisoners.

1Andrew Moore (1752–1821) was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, studied law in Williamsburg, and fought in the Revolutionary War. He was a member of Virginia’s constitutional ratifying convention in 1788 and served as a representative in the First through Fourth Congresses. After successfully challenging Thomas Lewis’s 1802 election to the Senate, Moore was appointed to the vacant seat and subsequently elected, serving as a Republican senator until 1809. In 1810, JM appointed him marshal of the district of Virginia, which office he held until his death (Lyon G. Tyler, ed., Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography (5 vols.; New York, 1915), 2:88–89).

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