James Madison Papers

Haym M. Solomon to James Madison, 18 October 1827

New York October 18. 1827

Most Respected Sir

Since I had the honour of your kind reply to my enquiries respecting your Acquaintance with my father, I have found other papers which shew that Monr. Roquebrune was the paymaster or treasurer for the Auxillary army of Rochambaud. But am yet in the dark as to the acct. of which I [ ] it was advanced.

Agreeably to your suggestion I applied to the oldest officer (Mr Nourse) at the Treasury Department, he wrote me that the "enemy" in the last war destroyed all the Archives for that period. Such it appears was the mild operation of the Vandals in 1814 at the Seat of govt of the American Republic.

While on the subject of that disgraceful period to the clintonian politicians of that day, Permit me to take the Liberty as one of the corresponding members of our present Democratic "General Committee", to inform you that we find the Same Man now in our State Combining again with other desperate people to force on us a milatary man solely for those qualities. Our "General Committee" is now 3 from each Ward 42 in all. It was here that their project first burst forth Twenty one of them, made their Declaration I had the honour of being the first to resist it and drew up on the part of our Minority now thirteen in all the enclosed protest (being an uncorrected proof) since which I had with others the sattisfaction of hearing that, Councillors like you had when our country was endangered stepped forward for the moment to raise your pen on defence of the endangered State of our dear Country. Your old enemies or rather those of our Democratic institutions are denying the Statement and they say that you have declared in favour of the Military Gladiator—

It would my dear and Venerated Sir be of use to the friends of our endanger’d Republic to know this fact could you be prevailed upon to conquer that almost invincible determination (as I have been informed) of not mixing at all in this most momentous question—to a people whom you must be sensible are ever grateful for your past Services and say if those enemies of our Nations prosperity are correct or not.

I am at a loss for an apology to you for pressing such a matter on your notice but nothing but the crisis to which we have arrived would have given courage on this Subject to—your most obliged and most grateful Humble Sert.

Haym M. Salomon

RC and enclosure (NN). Docketed by James Madison. Enclosure is a copy of the protest.

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