James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Alexander J. Dallas, 23 May 1815

23 May 1815

Dr. Sir.

In marshalling the appropriations, with a view to provide for subsistence and pay, during the current year, as well as to diminish the amount of debt, I think I can advantageously borrow into wages from the Ordenance Department: 1. By taking from the unexpended appropriation about the Sum of [  ] Dollars; and 2d. by selling a quantity of Gun-powder, for which we have no use, actual, or prospective, considering the gross quantity on hand and contracted for. The quantity will appear from the inclosed Statement; and we can now sell at a price considerably higher than the contract price at delivery, owing to the demand for the Spanish Colonies &c. If you concur in these propositions, I will throw them into form for an official approbation. We shall be able to enrich our appropriations by the sale of perishable and useless articles in the Commissary’s Department; and, upon the whole, I hope to deliver the Office to Mr. Crawford with more means, than I had thought, at first, could be secured.

The Squadron has sailed. The Army arrangement seems to be approved. I believe Gen. Wilkinson is alone indiscreetly angry; but his objections are confined to the appointment of his enemies. It happens, however, that many of his friends are on the same list. I am, Dr Sir, most respectfully & faithfully, Yrs.

A. J. Dallas

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