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From James Madison to John Armstrong, [13 August 1814]

To John Armstrong

[13 August 1814]

If not more than 200 warriors have gone to Detroit with Govr. Cass, the residue with the militia called for will suffice for the expedition recommended by him & Genl. Harrison.1 The pledges given by them to the Indians employed must be fulfilled of course, & the case with similar ones, submitted to Congs. Govr. Cass may receive the superintending & discretionary power as to Indians &c. wch. were possessed by Govr. Hull. If these be not adequate to the existing emergencies explained by Govr. Cass, the Secretary of war, will state the proper enlargement of them.

J.M.

RC (PHi: Daniel Parker Papers); FC (InU-Li: War of 1812 Manuscripts); Tr (DLC, series 3). RC undated; date assigned based on the FC, which is headed: “Aug. 13. Note to Sey. of War. on Govr. Cass’⟨s⟩ letter of July 25. 1814. & John Johnson’s of July 26.” Tr bears a similar headnote. For Lewis Cass’s letter, see n. 1. John Johnston’s 26 July 1814 letter to Armstrong reported that Cass had departed for Detroit “with 200 Indians” (DNA: RG 107, Registers of Letters Received).

1For Cass’s plan to march to the defense of Detroit, see his 25 July 1814 letter to Armstrong (printed above), and n. 1. For his and Harrison’s proposed campaign against the Potawatomies and other hostile Indians on the Indiana Territory frontier, see JM to Armstrong, 28 July 1814, and n. 6.

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