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I have this morning a disposition to intrude upon your retirement, to save you the trouble of enquiring, and to enable you to correct in your own mind the rumours which will reach your ear in consequence of advices received by the British packet. In an unofficial letter from Mr Pinckney, dated Jan: 4th. that gentleman states the substance of a conference held with the Marquis of Wellesley,...
Accustomed to receive your recommendations in the nature of commands I regret that at present there is no vacancy for the second Mr Norton. By accounts from General Hull of the 14th. instant it appears that our troops in upper Canada have hitherto met with little or no opposition. He is probably about this time in the neighbourhood of fort Malden, where he may meet a warmer reception; unless...
It is among the instances of good fortune which are now & then permitted to accompany the discharge of a public duty, that franking a Letter from the State Department in the absence of the Secretary has brought me to your recallection and attention. Judge Adams as I am informed has been requested to return to the United States as soon as circumstances will admit: and as no public vessel has...
Being absent from town I did not ⟨rec⟩eive untill the evening of the 15th. your Letter of the 7th instant accompanied with a Commission of Secretary to the war department. Impressed with a just sense of the honor conferred on me by this distinguished mark of your confidence, and by the very obliging manner in which it was communicated, I have delayed an answer no longer than was necessary to...
I have the honor of proposing for your approbation, Asa Payne and Joel Johnson, of Kentucky, to be appointed Cadets in the Regiment of Artillerists, in the service of the United States. Accept Sir assurances of my high respect and consideration RC ( PHi ); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, Letters Sent to the President). On the recto of the RC , JM wrote “Approved” and his initials. This appears...
Under the act of April 1808 “raising for a limited time an additional military force” the officers have been generally appointed—the recruiting service has been successful as will appear by a return of the army —a detachment of two thousand men (and consisting of 37 companies) from the general regiments has been sent to New Orleans under the immediate orders of the commander in chief. The...
In obedience to a resolution of the House of Representatives of the 27th. of May requesting the President of the United States to cause the Secretary of War to lay before the house an estimate of the sums necessary to compleat the fortifications commenced or contemplated, and also the amount of any deficiency of former appropriations for this object, I have the honor to state That of the...
I have the honor to inform you of my arrival in this city on the last evening. The very extraordinary and unexpected turn which the negociation with Mr Erskine has taken and the entire uncertainty of the measures which are to ensue render it doubtful in my own mind whether to proceed or to await your commands at this place. In the course of the few days which may be usefully employed in...
I have the honor to acknowledge your Letter of the 30th of August. Instructions are forwarded by this mail to Genl. Wilkinson to repair to the seat of Govt. By the last letters received from the General (dated Aug. 10th) it is expected he will have reached the vicinity of Fort Adams or Natches with the troops, or at least the greater part of them, by the time Genl. Hampton who will take the...
The fortifications which had been commenced on the seaboard, as will appear by a statement from the war department, are in many parts compleated, furnished with cannon and capable of affording a respectable defence. But another season will be required to finish the works in the harbour of New York, those at N. Orleans and in some other places where they have been delayed by unavoidable causes....
In obedience to a resolution of the House of Representatives of the 22 Instant, I have the honor to transmit you the following returns, marked A. B & C. A. Exhibits a General return of the troops of the United states composing the Military peace establishment and the Additional military force, specifying the particular force of each Regiment and Corps, taken from the latest returns received by...
9 April 1810, War Department. Through a spelling error the president appointed Henry M. Gilman, instead of Henry M. Gilham, as an ensign in the Seventh Infantry in May 1808. Since Gilham’s acceptance was not received until 5 Jan. 1809, his name was never sent to the Senate, but he has done service and drawn pay. Asks JM to nominate Gilham to correct the error. RC ( DLC ); FC ( PHi : Daniel...
I have the honor to enclose a return exhibiting the several posts & stations occupied by the troops with their numbers & commanding officers. No further information has been received from Governor Harrison. In a conversation with a gentleman well acquainted with the country & with the state disposition & power of the Indians I have been encouraged to believe they will not commence hostilities:...
I have the honor to enclose a copy of a Letter received from Governor Harrison by which it will appear that we are relieved from any apprehension of hostilities on the part of the Indians. With the highest respect I am Sir, your obedt. servt. 26 June 1810, Vincennes. Reports information he has received from a deputation of Potawatomi Indians about a council held at St. Joseph where the...
Doubtful of the propriety of issuing the order, I have the honor to enclose for your consideration & decision the letter of General Wilkinson, requesting that certain Officers may be ordered to the Seat of Government for the purpose therein mentioned. The objections appear to be, first, the expense. Secondly several of the Officers are on duty from which they cannot be released without injury...
Agreeably to the request of Colo. Simonds, I have the honor to enclose his Letter on the subject of his double rations. Altho’ it does not appear that General Wilkinson was authorised to assure the Colo. that he would be entitled to the allowance, reliance was undoubtedly had on the promise, and to be obliged to refund what has been received under such circumstances is considered by the...
Having left the post road on a visit to West Point with Governor Tompkins who persuaded me, as in the event I really found, that it facilitated my journey I have not found a convenient opportunity to acknowlege your Letter of the 17th instant. The order for the march of the 6th Regt from Carlisle to Pittsburg has not been countermanded, a delay in their movement has arisen from the difficulty...
I have had the honor to receive your Letter of the 10th instant. A copy of Colo. Spark’s Letter has been forwarded to Genl. Hampton with general instructions to reinforce the post of Fort Stoddert (or Fort St. Stephens to which the garrison of F. Stoddert removes during the hot months) from such points as his judgment shall determine. The assemblage of the troops near the muscle shoals, for...
I have the honor to acknowlege your favor of the 16h. instt. From my knowlege of the hand writing & character of Mr Prince, Marshal, I know it to be impossible that the disrespectful note is his. To-morrow I shall be in Boston when the fact will be ascertained without communicating to him the particulars which lead to the enquiry. He is communicative, and no chances ought to be afforded of...
Your ⟨last⟩ of the 30th of August with its enclosures was received the last evening. The movements of our own citizens as well as those of the Inhabitants of W. Florida I have observed with ⟨an interest?⟩ proportionate to the consequences which may ⟨result⟩ from them. But as it is impossible to ⟨divine?⟩ what course they might take, it is equally difficult to determine what part should be...
I am honored with your Letter of the 7th instant enclosing a communication from Judge Tolmin, as also a Letter from Cadet Burchsted, to which proper attention will be paid. The instructions to Genl. Hampton & Colo. Cushing, being predicated on a representation from Colo. Sparks the commanding officer at Fort Stoddert, expressive of his apprehension for the safety of the public stores at the...
I enclose for your amusement a copy of a Letter from J. Q. A. which may be destroyed after perusal. Accounts from the Baltic confirm his anticipation of Danish captures. With perfect respect, Instructions to Govr. Holmes & the comdg. Officer, are also enclosed if approved, they can be forwarded either to Washington M. T. or to the war office—in the former case the copies are desired at the...
The fortifications for the defence of our maritime frontier (on the plan laid down in 1808) are, with some exceptions (or generally) completed, and furnished with the necessary ordnance. Those for the defence of the city of N. York, with the completing & repairing works at other posts, as will appear by a statement from the War Dept. will require a further time and an additional appropriation....
23 January 1811, War Department. Transmits a return of the army with a letter from the adjutant and inspector general containing the information requested by the House of Representatives in the resolution of 21 Jan. 1811. FC ( PHi : Daniel Parker Papers); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). FC 1 p. On 21 Jan. 1811 William Helms of New Jersey presented a resolution requesting the president...
16 February 1811, War Department. Forwards a general return of the militia of the U.S., made from the latest returns from the several states and territories. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ); enclosure, two copies ( DNA : RG 233, President’s Messages, 11A-D1; and DNA : RG 46, Legislative Proceedings, 11A-E6). Letterbook copy 1 p. Enclosure (one large folio sheet) is a “Return of the...
Your favor of the 10th. enclosing a Letter from Lt. Voorhis was received this morning. That officer was with me yesterday—he appears to be a good man and bears his sentence like a good christian: he has merit and in case of war may still be useful. At the time of leaving the city for Harper’s ferry the business & state of the office did not admit of my absence for so long a time as a visit to...
The enclosed Letters from Governor Harrison create a strong presumption that hostilities will not be commenced by the Indians. The movement with a respectable force up the Wabash proposed by the Governor appears from the light in which things are placed, to be adviseable: and in preference to militia it appears to me that Boyd’s Regt. (who are distant from Newport where they are now halted to...
Since the receipt of your Letter of the 24th of August enclosing the papers from Govr. Harrison &c nothing very remarkable has occurred. The alternation of alarm and of quiescence observable in the public papers, particularly in those of New York, is the natural consequence of the variegated intelligence from Europe and of the movements of the British Marine on the coast. By a letter from...
I have the honor to enclose for your consideration a Letter from W. Jones Esqr Judge Advocate requesting instructions relative to the proceeding of the General Court Martial in the case therein mentioned. If the court shall determine that they will not take cognizance of any charges implying offences of more than two years standing, those laid in the five first charges, together with all the...
It is with reluctance that I am obliged again to trouble you on the subject of the court martial, the details of which it was hoped might have been arranged by the department. Since my last it appears that it has been determined to take congnizance of all the charges. A new demand, as will be explained by the enclosed copy of a Letter from the Judge Advocate, is now made by the General thro...