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To James Madison from Henry Lee, 27 December 1811 (Abstract)

§ From Henry Lee

27 December 1811, Baltimore. This letter will be presented by Major Clark1 of Little York in Pennsylvania. He was introduced to JM many years ago but has sought this reintroduction in the belief that JM will have forgotten him. He was an aide-de-camp of General Greene until he was appointed accountant general of the army.

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

1John Clark, Jr. (1751–1819), entered the Continental army in 1775 and saw active service until just before the Battle of Brandywine, when he was severely wounded, apparently by an accidental discharge from a pistol. Together with Henry Lee he engaged in intelligence-gathering activities for George Washington until his disability finally forced him to retire from the service in 1779. He traveled to Washington in early 1812 to present a petition seeking recompense for his military services, but Congress did not acknowledge the justice of some of his claims until 1819 (see E. W. Spangler, “Memoir of Major John Clark, of York County, Pennsylvania,” Pa. Magazine of History and Biography, 20 [1896]: 77–86; Annals of Congress description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.; Washington, 1834–56). description ends , 12th Cong., 1st sess., 183, 299; ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Claims, pp. 664–65).

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