James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Parker, 23 April 1813

From Thomas Parker

Winchester 23rd April 1813


When I did myself the Honor to address you on the 20th Instant, It was under a full Impression that all the appointments of Brigadiers were made, and that my claims to promotion had been Entirely overlooked.

I am happy to find by a letter at the 20th from Lieutenant Colo Coles that this is not the Case & that a due Regard woud be paid to my former Services.1

This Communication is highly Gratifying as It woud have been in the Highest degree painfull to me to have Retired whilst Capable of Rendering Service to my Country. I have the honor to be with the Highest Respect Sir Your Obd Servt

Thomas Parker

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM, “Parker Ths. Genl.”

1On 18 June 1813, JM nominated Parker for promotion to brigadier general, to rank from 12 Mar. 1813. The Senate approved the appointment on 21 June (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 2:356, 373).

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