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The mail of this day brings your Letter enclosing that of Mr. Everett whose appointment is universally well received. There is in this case an adaptation of character which commands approbation & is peculiarly gratifying to friends. Perceiving the objections to asking a passport from the enemy it remains for us to embrace the first opportunity which affords a probability of avoiding him. The...
By the Ship “Exchange” I send you the last Brussells papers. The inauguration of the King at Brussells was marked with splendor but appeared to want the cordiality which a welcome chief might expect to receive. The Belgians, who appear to have no national character, complain 1st that with a superior population they have only an equal vote with the Hollanders & 2ndly that they are married to...
I receive this morning, by way of London, your favor of the 12th of May. The interesting information, foreign & domestic, is in the highest degree welcome to me. In my account of the impressed seaman, I did not add, that (in consequence as I presume of the earnest tho’ indirect application on that subject) the man was discharged & the Captn of Nightingale ordered home to account for his...
My Letters to the Secy of State give generally our movements & such information as our hitherto limited means have afforded. We hope in a short time to do better. Hitherto we have experienced respect to our nation & personal civilities—the former enhanced undoubtedly by the new character acquired by the war. With their ideas of the power of G. B & their imperfect knowlege of the U.S. it is not...
I have thought a suggestion made to me the other day worth communicating on account of its respectable source and because it coincided with my own ideas which had been previously formed. It is that one half the force ordered to the Mediterranean may be sufficient completely to invest and keep in a state of constant blockade the Algerine ports—that after the expiration of a year the blockading...
The unusually bad state of the roads with the shortness of time appear to cut me off from the dependence I placed of making to you my personal respects. It is as difficult for me to realize as to reconcile myself to the idea of leaving the country without the satisfaction of seeing you; and yet from all appearances such will be my lot. In such anticipation I have tho’t it prudent and proper to...
Well knowing the satisfaction with which you will receive one of the brave men who have distinguished themselves on the northern Frontier I consider any apology unnecessary in making known to you Colo Aspinwall of this state whose services are well understood by his brothers in arms whose friends are among the best friends of their country, and whose good name must be precious to the Govt &...
Permit me to add, to the general acclamation with which you must be surrounded and filled, an individual gratulation on the great, the auspicious event, which covers with honor and safety our beloved country, at the same time that it raises & fixes on those who have guided & directed the storm which is past, a glorious an imperishable renown. With the highest respect and with a heart elated...
The mail of this day brings your Letter enclosing that of Mr Everett whose appointment is universally well received. There is in this case an adaptation of character which commands approbation & is peculiarly gratifying to friends. Perceiving the objections to asking a passport from the enemy it remains for us to embrace the first opportunity which affords a probability of avoiding him. The...
I take the liberty of making personally known to you my nephew Colo. Eustis of the Lt Artillery, whose service on the nothern Frontier, first under the ever to be lamented Pike & subsequently under General Izard will enable him to give any detailed information which may be required of him. His conduct at the capture of little York gained him the applause of the General and of the army. When...
I am induced to trouble you at this time by a report that Mr Elbridge Gerry (a good young man & worthy of patronage) has reason to expect a Secretaryship of Legation to a foreign mission, and from a fear lest peradventure the lot might fall on the mission to the Hague. Mr G who is my neighbour & to whose family I had proffered and would most cheerfully render any service in my power, called on...
I have the honor to acknowlege your Letter of the 21st instant, announcing my appointment, and enclosing my commission, as Envoy Extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States to the court of his Royal Highness the Sovereign Prince of the United Provinces of the Netherlands. With a just sense of the honor conferred on me by this distinguished mark of confidence from the...
I have the honor of receiving by the mail of this day your favor of the 15th instant, in which it affords me great satisfaction to recognize a continuation of your delicate attention. Without having contemplated such an appointment, I shoud not decline attempting to execute the duties required by it, in case it should be confirmed. With the highest respect & esteem your obedt servt. RC ( DLC...
Well knowing your hands and head & heart to be full I have abstained from writing. A sense of duty impels and I can no longer be silent. The consequences to the Niagara Strait with the rest of the upper country in the event of the failure of the movement for Montreal were anticipated by those who comprehended the subject. My first enquiry was how is Wilkinson to get back to S. Harbour. The...
I take the liberty of making known to you Mr. William Porter a merchant of this place (whose commercial pursuits have caused his residence in Europe for several years past) as a gentleman of respectable character and connections, & in principle an American. With the greatest respect your obedient servant, RC ( DNA : RG 59, LAR , 1809–17, filed under “Porter”). JM nominated Porter to be U.S....
I regret that my intention of acknowleging, by the mail of yesterday your favor of the 12th instant (which was receved yesterday) could not be effected. On further consideration, believing that the war will continue and press with greater severity, calling for the exertions of every friend to his country, it appears to me that occasions will probably occur, on which it may be in my power to...
Your favor of the first instant with i[t]s enclosure was received yesterday. The regard discovered for my personal accommodation, which would be essentially served, is highly gratifying to me, nor could any thing be more agreeable to my wishes as most consonant to my inclination than to be able to surmount the objections which present themselves. If I state them in reliance on the confidence...
I cannot bear to see the recruiting season which expires in the month of March, passing away without the success which I am confident would result from proper measures & exertions. By a late arrangement Colo. Ripley stationed in Portland has charge of a district in Maine Lt Colo. Darrington in N. Hampshire, Colo. Tuttle in Boston, Colo. Larned in Pittsfield Masstts., with a view it is presumed...
The constitution of the War Department as well as that of the military force rendered the duties of the Secretary of that department necessarily arduous during a time of peace. When war was declared the augmentation of duty, the great responsibility attached to the department, together with a belief that some other citizen might be selected, possessing greater military knowlege and commanding...
30 November 1812, War Department. Lists proposed promotions and appointments in the U.S. Army for JM’s approval. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). 1 p. On 1 Dec. 1812 JM forwarded to the Senate Eustis’s list of nominations for Corps of Engineers promotions and army appointments from Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland ( Senate Exec. Proceedings Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the...
25 November 1812, War Department. Lists proposed appointments in the U.S. Army for JM’s approval. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). 2 pp. On 27 Nov. 1812 JM forwarded to the Senate Eustis’s list of nominations in various army regiments from Virginia, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Georgia, and Massachusetts ( Senate Exec. Proceedings Journal of the...
19 November 1812, War Department. Lists proposed appointments in the U.S. Army for JM’s approval. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). 2 pp. On 20 Nov. 1812 JM forwarded to the Senate Eustis’s list of nominations in various army regiments from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, Kentucky, Rhode Island, and Maryland ( Senate Exec. Proceedings Journal of the...
6 November 1812. Lists proposed promotions and appointments in the U.S. Army for JM’s approval. Letterbook copy and partial letterbook copy of enclosure ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ); printed copy and printed copy of enclosures ( Senate Exec. Proceedings Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). , 2:296–302). Letterbook copy 1 p. On...
After war had been declared, it was deemed necessary, for the security of the maratime frontier, to order the recruits to the posts on the seaboard, which had a tendency to check the recruiting service, and has retarded our military operations on the no[r]thern frontier. The surrender of the army & post of Detroit opened the N. Western frontier to the incursions of the Savages and rendered it...
I have the honor to inform you that the existing appropriations applicable to the Clothing Department are nearly expended & to request that you will be pleased to direct that the sum of Five hundred Thousand Dollars appropriated for the pay of the Army be applied to defray further expenses in the Clothing Department. RC ( DLC ); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). RC in a clerk’s hand,...
13 October 1812, War Department. By an act of 3 Mar. 1809, “it is provided that all warrants drawn by the Secretary of war, or the Secretary of the Navy, on the Treasurer shall specify the particular appropriation to which the same should be charged; and that on application of the Secretary of the proper department the President is authorized to direct that a portion of the monies appropriated...
In making out the order, as the Militia were to rendezvous at Pittsburg, at which place they would of course wait for further orders, it was thought sufficient by this mail to direct detachments on the requisition of Captn. Piatt for the Cannon & Stores, without adding “you will wait further orders”—taking the chance (which is very small) of any part of them proceeding without orders. I...
Ca. 22 September 1812. Informs JM that Henry Glen was appointed assistant deputy quartermaster on 1 July 1812 on the recommendation of Morgan Lewis. Lewis, however, subsequently withheld the appointment, “finding some objection.” Glen has failed to return his letter of appointment; Lewis will be written to on the subject. RC ( DLC ). 1 p. Undated; dated 1812 in the Index to the James Madison...
Colo. Cass is of opinion that the Penva. troops at Pittsbg will not be required by Genl. Harrison. It remains to be considered 1st that having been advised of them G. H. may have made his arrangements accordingly —by dismissing a part of his other troops—by ordering a part to the Iillinois [ sic ] or otherwise. 2. A part of the Penva. troops particularly those in the vicinity of Pittsburg...
By Letters from General Dearborn Genl. Harrison and others from the western country it appears that events of great importance are almost daily occurring: and I cannot refrain from expressing my own with the hopes of all our friends that your return may be found not inconvenient. With great respect RC ( DLC ). Eustis probably referred to a 3 Sept. 1812 letter from Dearborn ( DNA : RG 107, LRRS...
By the mail of this day I have only time to submit for consideration a suggestion which has been made of the expediency of detaining the Indian chiefs as hostages. If their tribes should become hostile it is in my mind doubtful whether they may not be useful with their influence among them; if they are not hostile detaining them will give great cause of offence. On the 24 Aug. Gov Meigs writes...
I enclose herewith a Letter from Colo McArthur by Mr Huntington who arrived the day before yesterday & who has this morning taken a carriage to bring in Colo. Cass left about 70 miles from the city in consequence of indisposition, and who may be expected in the course of the day. It appears to be an universal sentiment of the Officers who have come in that the surrender of the post & troops...
In forming an answer to Govr. Strong I find some objections which induce me to enclose the papers for a second consideration. It appears that 3 of the 5 companies required for passamaquodda (which implies a greater extent of country than Eastport) have been ordered by the Govr for Eastport. The requisition of G. Dearborn is substantially complied with at this post . As it is a frontier post...
John Wait (with his son) a gloomy federalist from Boston a plain man travelling thro’ the city in a single horse waggon is very desirous to see the President—and will call on the Secy War at 12 Oclock for that purpose. “Then Mr Wait they will seperate from the Union” “O no Sir they cling to the Union”—“but they have said it and will do it”—“No. unless they see commerce entirely destroyed &...
6 July 1812, War Department. Lists proposed appointments in the U.S. Army for JM’s approval. RC ( DNA : RG 46, Executive Proceedings, 12B-A1). 2 pp. JM forwarded the RC , listing nominations of officers from Tennessee, in a message to the Senate on the same day ( Senate Exec. Proceedings Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington,...
6 July 1812, War Department. Lists proposed appointments in the U.S. Army for JM’s approval. RC ( DNA : RG 46, Executive Proceedings, 12B-A1); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). RC 2 pp. JM forwarded the RC , listing nominations from Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Connecticut, in a message to the...
3 July 1812, War Department. Lists proposed appointments in the U.S. Army for JM’s approval. RC ( DNA : RG 46, Executive Proceedings, 12B-A1); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). RC 2 pp. JM forwarded the RC , listing nominations from South Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Virginia, in a message to the Senate of 4 July 1812 ( Senate...
2 July 1812, War Department. Lists proposed appointments for JM’s approval. RC ( DNA : RG 46, Executive Proceedings, 12B-A1). 1 p. JM forwarded the RC , listing appointments in the Ohio rangers, in a message to the Senate of 2 July 1812 ( Senate Exec. Proceedings Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). , 2:283–84).
2 July 1812, War Department. Lists proposed appointments in the U.S. Army for JM’s approval. RC ( DNA : RG 46, Executive Proceedings, 12B-A1). 1 p. JM forwarded the RC , listing nine nominations for infantry colonel, three for lieutenant colonel of infantry, two for infantry major, one for artillery colonel, one for lieutenant colonel of artillery, two for artillery major, one for lieutenant...
30 June 1812, War Department. Lists proposed promotions in the U.S. Army for JM’s approval. RC ( DNA : RG 46, Executive Proceedings, 12B-A1). 2 pp. JM forwarded the RC , listing promotions in the peace establishment (corps of engineers) and the Second, Third, Fifth, and Sixth Infantry Regiments, in a message to the Senate of 30 June 1812 ( Senate Exec. Proceedings Journal of the Executive...
30 June 1812, War Department. Lists proposed appointments in the U.S. Army for JM’s approval. RC ( DNA : RG 46, Executive Proceedings, 12B-A1); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). RC 6 pp. JM forwarded the RC , listing appointments from South Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Carolina, the Louisiana Territory, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland,...
22 June 1812, War Department. “I have the honor to lay before you Extracts of Letters from the Governors of Territories and other Agents, ‘respecting the hostile and friendly movements and intentions of the Indians towards the United States,’ in conformity to a Resolution of … the Senate, passed June 19th. 1812.” RC and enclosures ( DNA : RG 46, TP , Indiana); FC ( PHi : Daniel Parker Papers);...
19 June 1812, War Department. Proposes the appointment of Edward Fox of Pennsylvania as commissary general in the U.S. Army. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). 1 p. JM nominated Fox in a message to the Senate of 22 June 1812. The Senate referred the nomination to a select committee on 26 June. JM withdrew Fox’s name on 1 July and replaced it with that of Samuel Carswell of Pennsylvania (...
9 June 1812, War Department. Lists proposed appointments in the U.S. Army for JM’s approval. RC ( DNA : RG 46, Executive Proceedings, 12B-A1); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). RC 1 p. Forwarded by JM in a message to the Senate the same day ( Senate Exec. Proceedings Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). , 2:276).
4 June 1812, War Department. Lists proposed appointments in the U.S. Army for JM’s approval. RC ( DNA : RG 46, Executive Proceedings, 12B-A1); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). RC 1 p. JM forwarded the RC , listing appointments from the Illinois Territory and the District of Columbia, in a message to the Senate of 5 June 1812 ( Senate Exec. Proceedings Journal of the Executive Proceedings...
1 June 1812, War Department. Lists proposed appointments in the U.S. Army for JM’s approval. RC ( DNA : RG 46, Executive Proceedings, 12B-A1); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). RC 2 pp. JM forwarded the RC , listing appointments from South Carolina, Maryland, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire, in a message to the Senate of 3 June 1812 ( Senate...
27 May 1812, War Department. Proposes for JM’s approval the appointment of Benjamin Mifflin as a deputy commissary in the U.S. Army. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). 1 p. JM nominated Mifflin in a message to the Senate of 27 May 1812 that also included the nominations of Orleans territorial officials Dominick A. Hall, John R. Grymes, and Peter L. B. Duplisses to judicial and legal...
25 May 1812, War Department. Lists proposed promotions in the U.S. Army for JM’s approval. RC ( DNA : RG 46, Executive Proceedings, 12B-A1); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). RC 3 pp. JM forwarded the RC , listing promotions in the peace establishment and the additional military force of 1808, to the Senate in his message of the same day ( Senate Exec. Proceedings Journal of the Executive...
25 May 1812, War Department. Lists proposed appointments in the U.S. Army for JM’s approval. RC ( DNA : RG 46, Executive Proceedings, 12B-A1); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). RC 2 pp. JM forwarded the RC , listing appointments from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, South Carolina, Vermont, Maryland, Massachusetts, Tennessee, New York, and Kentucky, in a message to...
22 May 1812, War Department. Proposes for JM’s approval the appointment of Reuben Etting of Pennsylvania as a deputy commissary in the U.S. Army. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). 1 p. JM nominated Etting to the Senate on the same day; the Senate rejected the appointment on 25 May ( Senate Exec. Proceedings Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America...