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I cannot refrain again to make communication to you, and in which I will thank you to take into consideration—you will please to recollect the various Statements I made to you respecting the road from Athen in Georgia to Fort Stoddert , I believed, I knew you wanted correct information, I therefore took proper means to obtain, & communicate it and set up truth against design, and Interest,...
1 March 1810, Washington. Seeks appointment as storekeeper of the Washington Navy Yard. RC ( DNA : RG 59, LAR , 1809–17, filed under “Wheaton”). 1 p. Wheaton had been sergeant at arms of the House of Representatives from 1789 to 1809, when he lost his position to Thomas Dunn of Maryland. He was to correspond frequently with JM between 1811 and 1824, and in October 1814 JM nominated him for the...
I am informed by Mr. Seaver member of Congress from Roxbury, that near your residence there is a respectable Manufactory of coach Lace & triming, and that they consign to various parts their articles of Manufactory for Sale—I am here in the Mercantile dry good line and am endeavouring to introduce all the articles of American Manufactory in my power—Coach Lace, & Coach triming I trust would be...
I am honord with your 2d. letter of the 15th. instt. covering a letter from Messr. Wilson Marsh & Son in Answer to my Letter Addressed to their factory—for which Sir Please to accept my thanks—While I feel diffident on this Subject; the riseing State of this City, and the increased and increasing business done here I flatter Myself by taking this early advantage of introducing the Articles of...
I cannot—I will not attempt to discribe to you the Satisfaction—the gratification my feelings have experienced this day— Yesterday the President nominated to Senate His excellency John Quincy Adams now Minister Plenipotentiary at the Court of St Petersburg—to be associate Jud g e of the Supreme Court of the United States this Second appointment passed the Senate, aproved by that Body...
At the war office on Monday the Secretary observed to me that I must get myself placed on Some State List of applicants for the present Army or I Should be Left out. New York is the State of my Nativity, I Served in the Rhode Island line of the continental Army in the revolution—and if now residing in this City is to deprive me of all claim to imploy in the Army—is it not Singular? Born a...
So great is my desire to Serve my country in the army now raising—that my feelings on that Subject compell me to address you again to obtain the end I am most anxious for. To effect which I have applied to both the Senators of the State of New York (the State to which I owe my birth). They the Senators inform me if my Name can be placed on the List of appointments, they will vote for me, and...
St. Johns a City in the British Province of New Brunswick is Situated at the mouth of the river St. Johns—Lat 45—Lon 65—as the city contains about Eight thousand inhabitants, is a compact City Something larger than Alexandria—about 10 miles from the sea. The river emptys into the Bay of Fundy, and runs into the country about 350 miles in a Meandering N. W. Course. On its Banks are very large...
10 December 1812, Canton, Ohio. Explains that he received an assistant deputy quartermaster’s appointment on 10 Aug. 1812 and was directed by the secretary of war on 14 Aug. to proceed to Pennsylvania to deliver commissions to three captains and the officers of three infantry companies who had tendered their services to JM “and to furnish those companies with funds instead of rations &...
Since I wrote: has fallen into my hands the Pittsburg paper, the commonwelth, in which I with great pain read the disasterous affair at Black rock or opposite Queenstown—but indeed Sir My daily discoveries of desertion and insubordination evinces to Moral certainty that nothing effectual can be done by Such troops—and that no alternative is left but to resort to an efficient regular Army—a...
We arrived at this post 27. at noon after a march of 36 days—the most difficult of any I ever experienced in any period of Service I have Seen—the Season of the year most of all unfavorable, and it was So rainy and damp that the Sun has not appeared to us five days of the time—that we have been plunging through mud mire and frost cotinually [ sic ]. The whole country through which we have...
As I Stated in my last I Sent of[f] two hundred horses to the Mohecan Settlement where I had made arrangemts for forage—on the 27—they returned yesterday and this day—though Eighteen Miles from this—and packed and brought me 600 Bushels of corn—in the mean time all my hands left that could handle a tool was imployed in Shoeing horses, and repairing wagons—Making axletrees—&ca—this afternoon...
I wrote you from Mansfield Decr. 31. and detailed to you the measures taken to insure a Speady March to Head Quarters. The ordinance & Stores moved about two Miles on that day in hopes of making considerable distance the next. Unfortunately the thawy weather had much more broken up the road than was immagined, and the next day 1st. Jany it raind incessantly very hard & wa[r]m all day. Capt...
On the 6th. after Six days the most Severe labor and fatigue I Succeeded in getting together all our wagons without the loss of a flints worth of the public Stores, and yesterday I ordered the principle wagon Master Mr. James Anderson, whose zeal activity and exposure had been very great with the men, to have all the 18 pd. Gun Carriages to be made ready, with the remaining 12vs. & Six’s—with...
I feel it my duty to give you Some information relative to this post. Immediately on the ill advised, and unfortunate affair of Genl. Winchester at the river reason, in the total loss of one thousand men, General Harrison, as Soon as it came to his knowledge that the wild attempt was made to take post there, unprovided with provision, amunition and without any forces in his rear within...
This Night Several Men arrived at this post direct, from the rapid which place they left at 9 oclk on the morning of the 10. An intelligent man among them reports, that Genl. Harrison had learned by his Scouting parties & Spyes that a body of Indians of Some three or four hundred were at the enterance of the Miamie River on a Small Island. So placed as to entercept all communication between...
I wrote you a line from upper Sandusky Stating a report that Genl. Harrison had ordered a Strong party of men with which he went himself, and what with the reinforcements which followed, it was expected a distant object was intended —the fact was a body of Some 4 or 500 Indians had lodged himself on an Island at the entrance of this river, with a view to intercept our convoys of wagons from...
General Harrison leaves this tomorrow the expidition marched as I mentioned in my last, a small reinforcement marches as a covering party commanded by Major Alexander—with the Pittsburg & Greensburg Voluntiers Captn. Butler, we have not yet heard from the detachment. They took the Lake and followed the chain of little islands—for Malden. I wish them Success but doubt: too much a forlorn hope...
Whatever information you may receive from the Generals, and commanders at the various posts I trust that which comes from other quarters or persons will not always be uninteresting, believing therefore that as I am careful as time and circumstances will admit to State truth only, you may think My letters worth reading I indulge the disposition in the Silent hour of night, to make Such...
It being a Severe Snow Storm after a remarkable rain which continued all night no fatigue party being ordered out My calls and duties are lessened by the inclemency of the weather and haveing a more leisure hour I am disposed to devote that hour to you with Such observations as occur in a hasty moment. Our garrison is Situated at the foot of the Rapids on this river 18 miles from the entrance...
I took the liberty to write you from this place on the 20. and to detail Such information relating to opperations in this quarter as occured at the time, also as to my own destination. Governor Meigs arrived at this place on the evening of the Same day—he has been exerting all his powers to bring forward Such portions of his Militia as have been required of him—but the weather has been most...
I arrived here on My way to upper and lower Sandusky ordered there by Major J.C. Bartlett D.Q. Master General who entered on the duties of his office in the place of Col Morrison this day —at 6. p.m. on reaching this met the post Rider, direct from upper Sandusky who presented Governor Meigs (who is also here with two hundred Men going on to Sandusky) with a letter from General Harrison—that...
Ca. 20 June 1813. “Permit me to hand you another Specimen of the zeal & exertion, of that Excellent Governor whose name is above.” RC ( DLC ). 1 p. Docketed by JM, “Meigs R. J June 20. 1813.” Written at the bottom of a printed circular dated 20 June 1813 and signed by Ohio governor Return Jonathan Meigs, reiterating William Henry Harrison’s call for Ohio citizens to organize themselves into...
I understand from M r William Johnson —that he is one of your overseers—and that he has been impressed into the Service of the united States by a M r Nicholas Nathan l Childers of Manchester Forage Master—Under Col W m Swan —Qu tr
I had once the honor of rendering to the United States Some Service in the Creek nation of Indians—( Missippie Territory ) in the establishing the mail rout to New Orleans —and in Some measure under your directions—. It was The only motive I had then, was to evince to you my zeal for the public interest, I Should have fully obtained that object—of intigrity and a proper treatment of the Indian...
I regret the news from Bordeaux contained in the enclosed paper—every Success of the allies in Europe will Militate against us. I hope our preparations will be equal to any pressure. The enclosed order of the Adjt. Genl. is the 3d. detachment of troops average about the Same no. Since I came to this post. It is with pleasure I can anounce to you Sir—the most essential benefits have been...
Pardon me for being troublesome. I enclosed you a paper yesterday in which my hopes were greatly flattered—unfortunately I now forward the contradiction. The enclosed contains a list of troops which I have fed & transported to Norfolk in all the Last month. I have recd. and am now receiving and Settling for about five hundred more men, drafted for Six months which will embark to morrow also...
I have been requested to State to you, what has been the deportment of Joseph Jones Monroe Since he has been attached to the Q M Genl. Department at this place. Mr. Monroe arrived in this City about the tenth of Augst. last a volunteer in Col Yancy’s Regmt. of Genl. Porterfields Brigade at a time when this part of the State of Virginia, was under Considerable Alarm expecting to be assailed by...
I am informed by Mr. Graham, that the accountant of the War Department, has reported a ballance due to me, on my accounts in the Quarter Master Generals Department, (exclusive of pay due me for personal Services) Seven thousand, Six hundred dollars, in consequence of which a Mr. Cook is ordered to Richmond, to pay of my due bills. This course leaves it possible to Subject me to Serious...