James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Armstrong, 1 November 1813

From John Armstrong

War Department, November 1. 1813.


I have the honor to inform you that the existing appropriations applicable to the Quarter master’s Department, to Subsistence and to Arsenals, Magazines & Armories, are nearly exhausted, and to request that you will be pleased to direct the sum of two hundred & eighty thousand dollars appropriated for the purchas of Horses per act of 21. Feby 1812 to be transferred to the Quarter master’s Department—the sum of one hundred thousand dollars for the Ordnance Department, to Arsenals, Magazines & Armories; and four hundred thousand dollars from the Pay of the Army, to Subsistence. I have &ca.

Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 107, LSP). In the left margin is a copy of JM’s 1 Nov. 1813 note to William Jones, acting secretary of the Treasury, directing that the transfers be made: “In pursuance of an act of the 3 of March 1809, entitled ‘an act further to amend the several Acts, for the establishment of the Treasury, War and Navy Departments.’”

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