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From James Madison to William Jones, 12 August 1813

To William Jones

Montpelier Aug. 12. 1813.1

Dear Sir

I am just favored with yours of the 12th. I hope the arrival of Gen: Bloomfield will lessen the military collisions which take place in your neighborhood.2 In the mean time your sentimts. & those of the Secy. of State must be useful. The step you have taken for strengthening the defence at Annapolis appears to be very proper. A proper understanding and concert between Washington Baltimore & Annapolis will contribute much to the safety of each; and a like relation between the water & land resources, is a still further improvement. Be assured of my esteem & best wishes

James Madison

RC (PHi: William Jones Papers).

1JM may have actually written this letter on 15 Aug. 1813. See JM to James Monroe, 15 Aug. 1813.

2On 10 Aug. 1813, John Armstrong gave Brig. Gen. Joseph Bloomfield temporary command of the District of Columbia, with authority to call out the militia of the District, Maryland, and Virginia for its defense. In case of an attack on Baltimore, Bloomfield’s command would include all U.S. Army units in the Fifth Military District except those at Norfolk and already at Baltimore (DNA: RG 94, General Orders).

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