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From James Madison to the Senate, 13 January 1813 (Abstract)

§ To the Senate

13 January 1813. Transmits to the Senate “copies of the correspondence called for by their Resolution of the 7th instant.”1

RC and enclosures (DNA: RG 46, President’s Messages, 12A-E2). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. For enclosures, see n. 1. Printed in ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Naval Affairs, 1:282–84.

1The clerk inserted an asterisk here and added at the foot of the page: “Resolved That the secretary of the navy be directed to lay before the Senate, any correspondence that may have taken place between him and Captain Chauncey and Lieut. Elliott relative to the capture & subsequent disposition of the British armed brigs Detroit and Caledonia on the 8th. of october 1812.” In response JM forwarded copies (numbered 1 through 7) of Jesse D. Elliott to Paul Hamilton, 9 Oct. 1812 (4 pp.), detailing the capture of the British brigs Detroit (formerly the U.S. brig Adams) and Caledonia; Elliott to Hamilton, 10 Oct. 1812 (2 pp.), postponing sending a list of the officers and men engaged in the capture of the brigs; Elliott to Isaac Chauncey, 10 Oct. 1812 (2 pp.), announcing his capture on 7 Oct. of the Detroit and the Caledonia with two men killed and five wounded; Chauncey to Hamilton, 16 Oct. 1812 (2 pp.), reporting that Elliott, accompanied by sixty sailors and several volunteer militia, left Fort Erie and, while running the Detroit and Caledonia for Black Rock, grounded the vessels, which he still hoped to save; Chauncey to Hamilton, 27 Oct. 1812 (1 p.), praising the actions of Elliott; Harris H. Hickman to Elliott, 8 Jan. 1813 (1 p.), giving an account of the armaments and stores that were on board when the British captured the Adams; and Hamilton to Elliott, 27 Oct. 1812 (1 p.), acknowledging receipt of Elliott’s letter of 9 Oct. and conveying JM’s “particular thanks” to the officers and men involved in the expedition to Fort Erie.

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