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To James Madison from John Graham, 9 October 1813

From John Graham

Dept of State 9th Octr 1813.

Dear Sir

The inclosed Letters were received this Morning. As they relate to an interesting subject and one that may require immediate attention I have thought it my Duty to forward them to you, without waiting for the return of the Secretary of State.1

You will of course receive by this Mail from the war office, the official Report of our having got possession of Malden which was abandoned by the Enemy.2 With Sentiments of the most Respectful attachment I am Dear Sir Your Mo Obt Sert

John Graham

It is said today that the Republicans have succeeded in alleghany County if so they will have a Majority in the Legislature of Maryland on joint Ballot.3

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM. For enclosures, see n. 1.

1JM’s letter to John Armstrong of 11 Oct. 1813 suggests that Graham enclosed letters to James Monroe from David B. Mitchell, 25 Sept. 1813, and Felix Grundy, 26 Sept. 1813 (DNA: RG 59, ML). Mitchell acknowledged Monroe’s letter of 4 Sept. conveying JM’s request that Mitchell lead the campaign against the hostile Creek Indians, stated that his ability to do so was contingent on his re-election as governor of Georgia in November, and reported that Georgia troops were on that state’s frontier but that the Tennessee and U.S. Army forces destined to cooperate with them would probably not be ready for “some considerable time.” Grundy informed Monroe that the Tennessee legislature had “passd. a Bill calling out three thousand five hundred men in addition to those ordered out by the Genrl. Goverment,” and requested that the extra troops be “received into the public service.”

3On 13 Oct. 1813 the Daily National Intelligencer reported that three Republicans and one Federalist had been elected to the Maryland legislature from Allegany County, bringing the balance of the entire legislature, including the Senate, to forty-nine Democrats (Republicans) and forty-six Federalists. The joint-ballot majority, the paper explained, would give Republicans control of the governorship.

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