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Extract of a letter from George Graham, chief clerk, in the department of War, to Col. Benjamin Hawkins, Creek Agent, dated “12th: July 1815.” “I am directed by the President to request, that you will report to this department, as soon as practicable, your opinions on the following points: 1st: As to the nature and extent of the indemnity which the friendly chiefs claim in consequence of the...
Agreeably to your directions Letters of appointment have been issued for filling up all the vacancies in the Medical staff of the Army except that of one Regimental Surgeons mate. I enclose a list of them, together with a Copy of the order to the Adt. General. Having ascertained from Genl. Parker that Dr. Thomas would accept the appointment of Regimental Surgeon; that vacancy has been given to...
Copies of the enclosed papers respecting the pay of the Army, have been sent to Mr. Dallas, & he has promised to communicate to you his opinion on the subject. The Letter from Genl. Brown will require attention. Mr. Crawfords baggage has just arrived & he will leave this for Mont Pelier, today or tomorrow. Yours very truely RC ( DLC ). Docketed by JM . Year not indicated; conjectural year...
I have the honor to transmit a list of the names of all the applicants on the files of this department for filling vacancies in the Medical staff, and a statement of those vacancies. Both the gentlemen applying to fill the vacancy of regimental surgeon, are well recommended, and stand high; both as to talents and services, Dr. Buckner particularly. All the applicants for regimental surgeons...
I hasten to forward you an extract of a Letter from Mr. Dallas to Mr. Monroe, & which he enclosed to me. “The Benjamin Franklin brings English papers in which an American Commercial Treaty, is admitted in parliament to have been signed. Messrs. Gallatin & Clay are in Liverpool on their way hither.” Yours very sincere[l]y RC ( DLC ). Docketed by JM . Year not indicated; conjectural year...
Since I wrote to you on the subject of the appointments, another vacancy in the 6th. Infantry has been occasioned by the death of Capt. Murdock. As this is a vacancy by casualty, it is a question to be decided, whether it ought to filled up by promotion, or by reinstating one of the old Officers. If the decision is in favor of the latter mode, General Parker has strongly urged the claim of...
I have the honor to lay before you a list of appointments to fill vacancies in the army. DNA : RG 45--LSP--Letters Sent to the President.
Agreeably to the request of Mr. Crawford, I have examined the recommendations & relative pretensions of the officers applying to fill vacancies in the Army; and have arranged them in the order in which I think they should stand; keeping in view the necessities of the service & the convenience of reorganization. A list is forwarded for your selection & a Copy sent to Mr. Crawford. Capt. Donaho...
I have the honor to lay before you a list of promotions for the Ordnance Department. DNA : RG 107--LSP--Letters Sent to the President.
The Acting Secretary of War has the honor to submit to the President the report made by the Commissioner of claims relative to his proceedings under the act, Authoriseing the payment for property lost captured or destroyed by the Enemy while in the Military Service of the UStates and for other Purposes. DNA : RG 45--LSP--Letters Sent to the President.
The acting Secretary of War to whom has been referred the resolution of the Senate of the 8th: of this month "requesting that the President cause to be laid before the Senate the Amount of Money paid by the government of the UStates for the Services of militia during the late War, stating the amount to each respective state, and Distinguishing, as far as possible what has been paid for militia...
I enclose you blank Commissions for the Commissioners to treat with the Chickesaws & Cherokees for your signature. From the enclosed letter you will perceive that Genl. Jackson declines accepting until he shall receive the instructions. No letter has been received from Mr. Franklin or General Meriweather. The letters advising them of their appointment were dated the 15th. of June, and those...
I enclose a communication from General Macomb respecting the allowance of double rations to the Officer commanding in the harbor of New York. I send you also, an extract from the law, and the several orders that have been issued from this Department on the subject of an allowance of double rations to the Commanding officers of Posts, and submit to your decision the propriety of renewing, at...
I have the honor to inclose the report of Lieut. Gadsden upon the Fortifications necessary to be constructed for the defence of Mobile and New Orleans, which has been approved by General Swift. The Maps accompanying Latour’s history of the Campaign in Louisiana, will be useful in forming a general opinion upon this report, which appears to be sensible and judicious. The alterations and repair...
The disposition evinced by Congress at the last session in relation to the defences of the United States, by an appropriation which was founded on an estimate, that contemplates an expenditure on fortifications of about four millions of dollars within the next four years; and the great importance of the judicious expenditure of that sum on adequate works, erected on properly selected sites;...
I have the honor to lay before you the following selections for Military appointments viz Claude Crozet to be professor of Engineering at the Military academy. William Tell Paussier, to be assistant Topographical Engineer. I have the honor to be DNA : RG 45--LSP--Letters Sent to the President.
I enclose you a statement of the unexpended balances of several of the appropriations as they now stand on the books of the accountant of this department accompanied by a report, for your sanction, of the proposed transfers. The respective amounts over drawn for pay of the Army, Hospital and Medical department, and Ordnance; have been overdrawn in consequence of transfers made in the...
The enclosed memorandum from the Adjutant and Inspector General, was handed to me yesterday. Had Major Langham been an applicant for a Captaincy at the time I transmitted the list to you, he would have been placed at the head of it. He was one of those that the board of Officers was strongly disposed to retain as a Major. His civil recommendations also are strong. It will not, I think, do to...
My brother arrived here last evening, and I have the honor now to forward a treaty signed at Spring Wells, on the eighth of this month, by the Commissioners, and the Chiefs of all the tribes of Indians with which they were authorised to treat, and which you will find entirely satisfactory. I have the honor to be, with great respect, Your most obed. servt. RC ( DLC ); letterbook copy ( DNA : RG...
As it is the request of Capt. Hamilton, I forward to you the enclosed Letters. Capt. Hamilton is the officer who was discharged from the British service, in consequence of his refusal to do duty when the British forces landed in Louisiana, on the ground of his being a native American. With sentiments of the greatest respect Yr. obt. Sert. DLC : Papers of James Madison.
I have the honor respectfully to propose for your approbation the appointment of John Edgar as a Brigadier Gnl. of the Militia in the Illinois Territory, Made during the recess of the Senate. DNA : RG 45--LSP--Letters Sent to the President.
In compliance with the resolution of the Senate of the 5th. Instant, I have the honor to lay before you copies of the letters addressed by the Secretary of War to the Board of General Officers and of the Report of the Board of General Officers to the Department of War, concerning the reduction of the late army to the Peace establishment; together with copies of the report of the Secretary of...
Letters of appointment have been issued to fill the vacancies in the Rifle Regiment agreeably to the list which was forwarded. Additional Letters having been received in favor of Capt. Ramsey, and beleiving that Capt. Magee would better bear transferring to the Infantry, have induced me to decide in favor of the former, to fill the vacancy in the Rifle Regiment. The Adt. Genl. having stated...
The Foreign Packet directed to Mr. Crawford & returned by you, was forwarded by the mail of that day to Richmond, with directions to the Post Master there to forward it to “Lexington, Georgia” should Mr. Crawford have passed thro’ Richmond. Dr. Ker’s Letter has been answer’d, and a thousand dollars out of the Contingent fund forwarded to him; the appropriation for the Hospital Depart. is...
Yours of the 15th Inst, was received yesterday, there can be no necessity whatever for announcing the appointment of Dr. Ellzey, in the manner proposed by Genl. Parker; and I had mentioned to him that such an annunciation could not be otherwise than unpleasant to the Doctor; who has been some time since informed of his appointment & is actually acting under it: the Genl. order therefore is not...
Inclose a Blank Brevet Commission intended for Genl. Ripley, which you will be so good as to sign & return as soon as convenient. I presume Mr. Dallas has written to you by this mail, but as I have not seen him this morning, and as he observed yesterday that Genl. Ripley wished to be Breveted for his conduct on the 25th of July, at Niagara, of which you recollect Genl. Brown complained; I have...
I send, by this day’s Mail, the list of Lieutenants. Of the Captains who are proposed to be reduced to Lieutenants, some have signified their willingness to accept of such appointment, and the others having been lately appointed Captains, may probably accept. If they should not, it will make room for some of the First Lieutenants, who are not proposed to be appointed, but who are well...
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 17th. instant. You will have observed that the list of applicants forwarded to you, embraced only such as had expressly applied to fill vacancies. If the selections are to be made from the disbanded Officers generally, it might materially effect the list proposed. I do not know that any partial appointments to fill the vacancies in the...
I have the honor to enclose a copy of the opinion of the Attorney General on the subject of brevet Commissions. Copies have been sent to the officers Commanding Departments, with a view, that if they had any arguments to urge on the subject previous to a final order, they might have an opportunity of doing so. I have the honor to be &ca. Letterbook copy ( DNA : RG 107, LSP ). For enclosure,...
I enclose to you two Letters the one from Genl. Winchester & the other from Genl. Miller that from Genl. Winchester is the only Letter we have received either from Mobile or New Orleans since you left this. There are yet upwards of a thousand commissions to be signed; the officers will be very anxious to obtain them at or before the disbanding of the Army. I will therefore with your...