James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Absalom Waller and Andrew Broaddus, November 1813

From Absalom Waller and Andrew Broaddus

Caroline. Novr. 1813.


The underwritten extract from the Minutes of the Association of which we are members, will explain to you our object in addressing you on the present occasion.

Believing, as we do, and as we trust, Sir, you do also, that, whatever wisdom may be employed in directing the councils—and whatever energy in asserting the rights of a Nation, its destiny still depends ultimately on the will of the Supreme Ruler of the World; and hoping, therefore, that the resolution and wish of the Association will meet your full concurrence and approbation, we subscribe ourselves, with the highest consideration and respect, Sir, Yr. ready Servants for Christ’s sake

A. Waller1
Andw. Broaddus.2

Extract from the Minutes of the Baptist Association in the District of Goshen, Virga.; held at North Pamunkey Meeting House, Orange, in October, 1813.

“On recommendation of the Committee of Arrangement,

“Resolved, that this Association concur with the Dover Association, in a measure to the following effect, viz.

“We cordially approve of the appointment of days of humiliation, fasting & prayer, by way of appeal to Heaven, in the present crisis of our public affairs; Therefore,

“Resolved, that Elders Absalom Waller & Andw. Broaddus be directed to furnish the President of the United States, (thro’ the proper medium,) with a copy of the above resolution; petitioning him to recommend, at an early period, an appointment, (or appointments,) of the above nature.”


Attest. Jno. Poindexter Moderator

Andw. Broaddus Clk.


1Absalom Waller (1772–ca. 1820) was pastor of the Lower Spotsylvania Baptist Church, also known as “Waller’s” (PJM, description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (1st ser., vols. 1–10, Chicago, 1962–77; vols. 11–17, Charlottesville, Va., 1977–91). description ends 11:386 n. 6).

2Andrew Broaddus (1770–1848) was a Baptist minister in and around Caroline County, Virginia. He authored The Age of Reason & Revelation; or Animadversions on Mr. Thomas Paine’s Late Piece, Intitled “The Age of Reason, &c.” Containing a Vindication of the Sacred Scriptures, from the Reasonings, Objections, and Aspersions in That Piece (Richmond, 1795; Evans description begins Charles Evans, ed., American Bibliography … from … 1639 … to … 1820 (12 vols., Chicago, 1903–34). description ends 28344) and other religious works, and served as moderator of the Dover Association of Baptist churches, 1832–41 (Kneebone et al., Dictionary of Virginia Biography, 2:239–40).

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