James Madison Papers

From James Madison to John Armstrong, [3 June 1814]

To John Armstrong

[3 June 1814]

J. Madison requests a consultation with the Heads of Department on Tuesday next at Eleven OClock.

June 3. 1814.

The object is to decide on the plan of campaign which our means, miltary & naval, render most eligible.

In the mean time the Secretary of War will cause to be made out & send over,

  • 1. A statement of the numbers & kinds of regular force respectively, at the several military posts & stations, throughout the U.S.
  • 2. The numbers on the way thereto respectively.
  • 3. The remaining numbers enlisted & in what States, according to the latest returns.
  • 4. The amount & kind of Enemy’s land forces in Canada or on the frontier of the U.S. and at what places respectively, according to the best information in the War Department
  • 5. Do. Do. do. expected in Canada & when, according to the best information in that Dept.
  • 6. Do. do. of Enemy’s land forces near & destined for our Atlantic frontier, according to such information


RC (PHi: Daniel Parker Papers); draft (DLC); Tr (DLC, series 3). RC cover bears Armstrong’s note: “reported on the ⟨4⟩th. of June / 1. The distribution of the Army / 2. The strength of each District, / 3 The number of recruits for the War. / 4. The regular force of the enemy in the Canadas—its positions—expected reenforcements from Europe & land force to be employed under Cochrane on the Atlantic frontier / Amt. of our troops. / 27000 Effectives 31000 Aggregate.” Minor differences between the copies have not been noted. An unaddressed note in JM’s hand (CSmH) consisting of the first three paragraphs of this note was evidently sent to either Treasury secretary George W. Campbell or attorney general Richard Rush. JM retained drafts and Trs of nearly identical notes to both men (DLC; and DLC, series 3), and both attended the 7 June 1814 cabinet meeting.

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