James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Joseph Y. Tompkins, 25 May 1814

From Joseph Y. Tompkins

Baltimore May 25th 1814.


I have the honor to enclose for your inspection a letter from D. M. Randolph to me previous to my embarkation from Liverpool. The subject he informed was one that he gave you a full explanation of a few years since so that by refering to your correspondence with him at that time you may see that the plan therein mentioned coincides exactly with the plan lately undertaken & carried into effect by the British Government.1

It is well known that when there is a heavy sea running a ship of the line cannot use her lower deck guns & the plan he proposed overcomes that difficulty.

As the enclosed contains a correspondence which is of importance to me, you will oblige me by returning the papers as soon as convenient after you have perused them & direct them to me at Baltimore. I have the honor to be With the greatest respect Your Obt Servt.

Jos. Y. Tompkins

RC (DLC). Enclosures not found, but see n. 1.

1For David Meade Randolph’s letters to JM regarding ship construction, see PJM-PS, description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends 4:69–70, 5:451–52, 523–24, 6:698.

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