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To James Madison from Daniel Parker, 9 October 1813

From Daniel Parker

War Office Oct. 9th. [1813]

I have the honor to enclose to the President of the U.States a copy of a letter this moment rec’d from Genl. Harrison. A copy has been given to the printer for the paper of tomorrow.1

In a P.S. The Genl. says the aggregate force with me is about 5000 of which 2000 are regulars & the rest Ky. militia. The Penna. Regt. with the exception of about 100 refused to cross the line.

The Southern mail leaves immediately.

Daniel Parker

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, ML). For enclosure, see n. 1.

1The enclosed copy of William Henry Harrison’s letter to John Armstrong of 27 Sept. 1813 (2 pp.; printed in Esarey, Messages and Letters of William Henry Harrison, Indiana Historical Collections, 2:550–51) reported that Harrison had captured Malden without opposition. He intended to pursue the retreating British forces commanded by Gen. Henry Procter the next day, he wrote, but had no expectation of overtaking them, since they had “upwards of 1000 horses,” while Harrison’s army had none. Filed with the enclosure is an extract from a 2 Oct. 1813 letter from “Colo. Smith of the Rifle Regt.” to Col. Abimael Y. Nicoll, Inspector General, stating that Harrison was pursuing Procter but would probably not catch him. Harrison’s letter (misdated 23 Sept. 1813) and the extract from Smith’s were published in the Daily National Intelligencer on 11 Oct. 1813 along with a letter from Oliver H. Perry to William Jones announcing the capture of Malden.

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