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I have just recd. a letter from Genl Floyd (which I enclose for your perusal) giving an account of the transactions which have lately taken place at Amelia Island under the Auspices of Genl Mathews. From this account, the affair is worse than I had expected. The veracity and intelligence, & I may add, the patriotism of the writer, exclude the idea of misrepresentation, or mistake in the...
I recd. the enclosed letter a few days since. You know the writer, & can properly appreciate the value of the information it contains. It was evidently written with an expectation that its contents should be communicated to you. On this account, and on this alone, I have submitted it your consideration. I have been informed that the professorships of natural & experimental philosophy, & of...
30 June 1812, Senate Chamber. Recommends “Mr Charles Sterrett Ridgely of Maryland for an appointment in the army of the United States.” “It is due to candor, to state, that he is a federalist, but it is equally due to him to state, that he is an American in feeling and principle.” RC ( DLC ). 2 pp.
The very Kind and flattering manner in which you offered me a seat in the Cabinet, yesterday, has made a very deep impression upon my mind. Under the influence of this impression, and with a sincere desire to act in conformity with your wishes, I have reviewed the reasons which then induced me to decline that honorable distinction. This review has terminated in the conviction, that I am not...
Before I leave this place, I beg leave to suggest the necessity of removing Genl Wilkinson from the New Orleans Station. The importance of that place, should induce a selection of a military commander, whose character is above suspicion. That Genl Wilkinson is not an officer of that description, will I believe be universally admitted. Those who adhere to him are constrained to admit, that...
Your letter of August last, enclosed in one from Mrs Custis, has been recd. Colo. De Greffe, the Gentleman referred to, has not called upon me, nor do I know whether he has been in Paris. If he is here, it is very probable, that he has been prevented from calling, by the representations of Mr Warden, thro’ whom, Mrs Custis conveyed her letter. The conduct of Mr Warden since he has been removed...
I have just been informed that our Envoys at Ghent are about to dispatch a fast Sailing vessel from Amsterdam with dispatches. I have only time to Scribble you a few lines. Indeed I have but little to communicate in addition to my former letter . The Congress at Vienna proceeds much slower than had been anticipated. It is uncertain whether they have Settled any one point of importance. I am...
On the 26th inst I recd. a note from the Duke of Wellington informing me that peace was signed on the 26th. and Congratulating me on the event. Yesterday evening he called upon me, as well as the Secy of legation Lord Fitzroy Somerset. I am informed he despatched a messenger immediately for Vienna. It is generally believed that nothing has been satisfactorily arranged at that place. The...
The letter of the 18th. ult which you have had the Kindness to address to me, communicating my appointment as Secretary of the department of war, was handed to me Yesterday morning by Mr Forrest. The evidence which this appointment affords, that the Confidence heretofore reposed in my integrity and capacity, has not been diminished by the complete failure of the negociation committed to my...
It has become important to settle with the least possible delay, the effects of brevet commissions in the Staff, on the peace establishment. Under the act of 1813., certain staff appointments were Created, and brevet commissions were directed to issue to the persons selected to fill them, whether taken from the line or otherwise. The law, fixing the military peace establishment, has repealed...
I have the honor respectfully to propose for your approbation the following appointments made during the recess of the Senate: Thomas Hinds, Brigadier General of the Militia of the Mississippi Territory. Darby Noon, Deputy Commissary of Purchases. DLC : Papers of James Madison.
I would suggest that the blanks be filled so that the execution of the proclamation by the proper officer shall be 3. months from its date. Orders will be immediately given to the Commanders of Military posts to furnish the force necessary to carry the proclamation in to effect. Orders will likewise issue for the Removal of the intruders mentioned by governor Williams. agst. Squatters on lands...
Under existing circumstances the call of the militia seems to be warranted Colo. Clinch seems Not to suspect Hambly of any agency in Promoting the hostility of the Seminoles. Gaines, does, & I think there is some reason for Keeping a vigilant eye upon him. The measures which are contemplated will bring things to an issue. Under Present appearances this is believed to be desirable. Should...
The resolution of the Senate and House of Representatives of the state of South Carolina, relative to the quota of arms to which that state may be entitled, under the act of Congress making provision for arming and equipping the whole body of the militia of the United States, having been referred by you to this department, I have the honor to report: That from the returns which have been made...
The President of the United States of America, To all who shall see these presents, Greeting: Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the integrity, ability and diligence of Thomas L. McKenney, of the district of Columbia, I do appoint him Superintendent of Indian trade, and do authorise and empower him to execute and fulfil the duties of that office, according to law; and to...
I have the honor to propose for your approbation the following appointments in the Staff for the Southern division of the Army of the United States: Robert Butler, Adjutant General. Charles I. Aourde } Assistant Adjutant Generals. Clinton Wright, Arthur P. Hayne, Inspector General. Henry Lee, jr. } Assistant Inspector Generals. John M. Davis, George Gibson, Qr.M. General. Benjamin Gardner }...
I have the honor to propose for your approbation the following appointments in the Staff for the northern division of the Army of the United States: Charles K. Gardner Adjutant General. R.M. Kirby } Assistant Adjutant Generals. J.B.T. Romayne John E. Wool Inspector General. F.S. Belton } Assistant Inspector Generals. William McDonald James R. Mullany Quarter Master General. Mils Mason }...
Your letter recommending M r Bradbury was rece d during a Serious indisposition with which I was afflicted in the course of the last winter, and has been mislaid So that I am not able to Refer to it more particularly. No Service of the kind for which that gentleman was proposed, has been contemplated by the government. Your letter in Reply to the one which you Rec d from me whilst I was in Paris
Your letter of the 9 th of Oct. reached me on the 5 th inst. From the letters & News Papers which I have Rec d by the Fingal , & the Ajax , public spirit Seems to be good, every where, but in old Massachussetts . The attempt to form a New England confederacy under the pretext, that the general government Refuses them protection, when they have labored assiduously to prevent the execution of...
The proceedings of the court martial has been transmitted without comment, or recommendation on the part of the court, or of the commanding general. Under these circumstances it is respectfully submitted whether the discipline of the army does not require that the sentence should be confirmed. at Detroit June 9. 1816. sentencing Lt. Wetman to be dismissed service. DLC : Papers of James Madison.
At the request of the Chickasaw deputation, I enclose a letter from Genl Jackson to Major George Colbert. They complain strongly of the menacing stile in which it is written. A treaty has been made with the Sacs & Foxes, & other tribes are on their way for the same object. As soon as the treaty is received it shall be transmitted. I have the honor to be your most obt. & very humbl. Servt. CSmH .
I have the honor to inclose the report of the age and qualifications of the cadets who have reported themselves to the Superintendent of the military Academy. From this report it appears that altho many of the cadets were appointed before they had the age required by law that, at this time they are with a single exception qualified in that respect. Under all the circumstances of the case, it...
In adopting regulations to prevent the abuses which have been practised in issuing provisions to the Indians, at the military posts esblished upon the frontier, or with in territories I was led to examine the amount of issues to the inhabitants of Detroit, and its vicinity, which commenced upon the recovery of that territory from the enemy in the year 1813. The issues were continued thro’ the...
The inclosed letters announce the death of Colo. Hawkins. I presume his nephew who has acted as deputy agent for some time will be among the applicants. My relation is a man of the first respectability, and of talents much above mediocrity. I have but little doubt of his election to Congress if his name is held up. I am surprized at his wish to receive this appointment, and shall in giving the...
Upon examining the fifth class of claims described in the regulations prescribed by the commissioner of claims, it will be seen that the whole of them are such as have usually been paid by the Quartermasters of the army. To avoid imposition, and the payment of the same demand twice, it will be necessary to refer every case comprehended within that class to the additional accountant. For that...
I have the honor to inclose the report of lieut. Gadsden, upon the fortifications necessary to be constructed for the defence of Mobile and New-Orleans, which has been approved by general Swift. The maps accompanying Latour’s history of the campaign in Louisiana, will be useful in forming a general opinion upon this report, which appears to be sensible and judicious. The alterations and repair...
Nothing has been heard from Genl Meriwether or Mr Franklin, upon the subject of their appointments to treat with the Chickasaws. Should either of them decline it will be necessary to make another selection immediately. I would respectfully recommend Mr. Sharpe to fill the vacancy should that happen. It seems that he did not receive his appointment to treat with the Indians on the Wabash until...
Altho my views and wishes in relation to the vacancy about to take place in the cabinet, remain as they were when we last conversed upon the Subject, a desire to enable you to form a cabinet according to your views of general policy imposes upon me the duty of conforming to your wishes in this case. Should Mr Clay decline the offer, and any other person should be selected, which will not make...
On my arrival in this city, on Tuesday last, I found all my children except the eldest, indisposed with the hooping cough, and my third son extremely ill. His fever has abated some, but has not intermitted since Saturday, the day he was seized with it. My attention has been directed almost exclusively to my children since my arrival, so that I have hardly had time to look at the letters which...
Mr Bagot called upon me to day, & Stated that two soldiers in the American service had waited on him & informed him that they were British Subjects, & requested his interference to obtain their release, with the view of returning home. They admitted that they had deserted the British service & entered the American Army voluntarily. Upon further enquiry I learned that they had both entered our...
The Commissioner appointed under the act authorizing the payment for property lost, captured, or destroyed by the enemy &ca., has suggested a doubt under the 9. section of that act, whether the term Military deposite, embraces the case of occupancy by a military force, so as to entitle the owner to compensation for the destruction of the houses or buildings thus occupied. The occupancy of...
The inclosed Sketch of instructions have been hastily drawn up this morning, & are forwarded to see if they are in the main conformable to your views. Upon examining the names of applicants for office in the department, I discovered none which were sufficiently known to me in the States proposed in my communication, to justify their selection. In the mean time a letter from Governor Posey was...
I yesterday Recd. a letter from Genl. Samuel Smith of Baltimore, to which is added a post script in the following words; viz. "The equipment of vessels to cruize against the Spanish trade is to be Regretted. Is there no way to Prevent it? Will it not interfere with our chance of Purchasing East Florida? The letter itself contains nothing upon this subject. I was informed by Mr. Beasley that a...
The enclosed letter from Colo. McKee the Choctaw Agent, is respectfully submitted to your consideration. The request that a gin may be erected, & that a supply of Cotton cards may be given to that nation, appears worthy of attention. The request manifests a disposition to rely upon the cultivation of the soil, & upon domestic manufactures, for supplying their wants, in preference to the...
The enclosed letter from Mr. Hall, will explain the nature of the favor which he seeks in behalf of some of his neighbors. From my Knowledge of his Character, I have no difficulty in becoming Responsible for the correctness of his intentions in making the request. The laws forbid intrusion upon the Public lands, it may therefore be questionable whether the Executive can under any circumstances...
An account has been Presented for payment at this department, which involves a Principle which so far as I have been informed has not been distinctly decided. It appears that one Whitmore Knaggs, acted in the Year 1812 at Detroit in the double Capacity of Deputy Indian agent, & Indian interpreter before the Capture of that place, he was carried into Captivity by the enemy, & detained for a...
The enclosed letter to Richard Bland Lee Esquire explains the Nature of the additional regulations which appear to me to be necessary for the government of his conduct in the discharge of the duties Required by the act under which he has been appointed. I am apprehensive that the manner in which he is proceeding will give great dissatisfaction to the two houses of Congress at their next...
The Secretary of War has the honor to report to the President of the United States, That the appropriation for the Quarter Master’s Department of the Army of the United States, for the year 1816, is inadequate to the accomplishment of its object; and that it has become necessary for the public service, that a portion of the monies appropriated for other branches of expenditure in the...
An account has been presented to this office for payment by a man by the name of Whitmore Knaggs, for the pay and emolument of Deputy Indian agent & Indian interpreter, during the time of his captivity. It appears that he was acting in both of these capacities at Detroit when it was surrendered by Genl to the enemy; and that he was carried off and detained a considerable time as a Prisoner. It...
The Corps of Engineers, as I had foreseen, have been excessively mortified, at the delay which has taken place in commencing the fortifications recommended by the commander of that corps, & for which appropriations were made during the last session. The inclosed Papers, are intended to shew that there is no reason to expect that our northern boundary will be enlarged by the Commissioners under...
The enclosed letters to Mr. Crowninshield, and General Jackson, explain the views of the members of the Cabinet now in this City, upon the extraordinary information communicated in your letter of the 23d. instant. The communication to the Executives of the States of Georgia, Kentuckey, Tennessee and Louisianna and of the Mississippi and Missouri Territories, seems to me to be proper. It is not...
The enclosed papers recd. from Genl Jackson are transmitted, tho’ they contain nothing more than what I had anticipated. A private letter from Mr Irvine to the Secretary of State States facts calculated to remove the impression which Colo. Jessup’s communication has produced of an invasion of New Orleans by a Spanish force. He believes the exertions now making to raise an army in Spain is to...
Your letter recommending M r Armistead for an appointment in the war department has been duly Rec d by the mail. Several vacancies exist in the Accountants office, but owing to the unfortunate death of Col o Lear will Not be filled until that office is filled. M r Armistead
The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the President & will thank him to delay his nomination* to the Senate for the present if there is no impropriety in this course. DLC : Papers of James Madison.
The enclosed papers are Submitted to the Consideration of the President. If the recommendation of the board of delegates Should be accepted, the difficulties of the treasury and of the Collection of the Revennue are at an end. Letter of P of the U. S. Bank 4 Feby. 1817 covering negociation and arrangement with delegates of Banks from N. Y. Phila. & Baltimore & Virga. for resuming specie...
The Secy. of the Treasury presents his respects to the President & informs that no efforts will be made to prevent the injustice to the State of Georgia unless it is brought before Congress by executive message. The inclosed statement of the case is believed to be sufficient to shew the injustice of the act in question. It is supposed that a message would not be so full in stating the case....