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To James Madison from Daniel Parker, 20 August 1813

From Daniel Parker

August 20th. 1813.

D. Parker has the honor to inform the President of the U.States that the enclosed copies embrace all the information of moment recently received at the War Office.1

Genl. Bloomfield has arived in the City—his command extends to Baltimore & Annapolis. Mr. Parker hopes the President will do him the honor to accept the assurances of his most perfect respect & regard.

RC (DNA: RG 59, ML). Filed at 28 Aug. 1813. Enclosures not found, but see n. 1.

1Parker probably enclosed a copy of Mississippi territorial governor David Holmes’s letter to John Armstrong of 27 July 1813 (DNA: RG 107, LRRS, H-216:7), which reached the War Department on 19 Aug. The Creek Indians, Holmes wrote, were “now engaged in active hostilities against the United States,” and he had therefore ordered out infantry and cavalry units from the territorial militia to help defend American settlements on the Mobile River. The governor noted that additional help from Tennessee would be necessary if the British, as seemed likely, were supplying the Indians with arms, ammunition, and men via Pensacola. Parker may also have enclosed a copy of Kentucky governor Isaac Shelby’s 1 Aug. 1813 letter to Armstrong (DNA: RG 107, LRRS, S-291:7), reporting that William Henry Harrison had requested that Shelby raise and command a body of Kentucky troops for “the ensuing operations against upper Canada,” and that he had accordingly issued a call for mounted volunteers to assemble at Newport on 31 Aug., since the required force could be raised more quickly in that way than by drafting militia. The governor stated his wish to “hear from the President on this Subject” before leaving Frankfort to command the troops. Finally, Parker may have enclosed copies of Brig. Gen. John P. Boyd’s letters to Armstrong of 12 and 15 Aug. 1813, which arrived in the War Department on 18 and 20 Aug., respectively. For the first letter, see William Jones to JM, 18 Aug. 1813, and n. 1. In the second, Boyd reported that Isaac Chauncey’s fleet had left the vicinity of Fort George and that a proposed attack on the British land forces in the area had therefore been abandoned (DNA: RG 107, LRRS, B-297:7).

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