James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Samuel Hanson of Samuel, 20 July 1811 (Abstract)

§ From Samuel Hanson of Samuel

20 July 1811. Submits to JM “the enclosed literal copy of the original” on the assumption that “it is impossible that the President could have sanctioned, by his approbation, any official communication so palpably defective in form, so, it is possible that he may not have been apprised of the substance.”1 Appeals to JM’s sense of justice to say whether it is his impression that Hanson is “chargeable ‘with numerous previous instances of disrespect towards the President’” and, if so, to point out “in any mode not incompatible with the established official Etiquette, the instances of disrespect alluded to by the Secretary of the Navy.” Declares that he is “unconscious of any instances of intentional disrespect towards the President, and anxious to preserve the only advantage now left him, his character, trusts that the President will not deem the present appeal either unjust or unreasonable.”

RC and enclosure (DLC). RC 1 p. Docketed by JM.

1Hanson enclosed a copy of a 16 July 1811 letter he had received from Paul Hamilton (1 p.) revoking his appointment as a purser in the navy. Hamilton justified his action on the grounds that Hanson had failed to obey orders to submit his books to the accountant of the navy and that by virtue of his conduct in his dispute with the accountant he was both in disregard of his oath of office and guilty of numerous instances of disrespect toward the president.

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