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J. Madison requests a consultation with the Heads of Departments today at 12 o’clock. RC ( PHi : William Jones Papers). Unsigned. In Edward Coles’s hand. Docketed by Jones: “Invitation to Cabinet Council.”
I am requested to enclose to you a letter from John Kingman Junior to me of the 16th instant. Of my own knowledge I can say nothing but that the young man appears intelligent; that he belongs to one of the few towns, in this State which are attached to the present national Administration, and not hostile to the war. All the gentlemen by whom he says he has been recommended, I presume are in...
I have been introduced through the entreaties and tears of the aged and the young, to an acquaintance with a rule of your office, which I beg leave to say, is as honorable to yourself, as it is promotive of the cause of morality, Religion, and the Service of the Country. I refer to the rule lately applied in the case of young Ritche, on account of his having been accessory to a fatal duel...
The remarks in the inclosed, relating to the organization &c of the B. Bank at Richmond, if not intended for your eye, belong to it more than to mine. Mr. Corbin, you know was one the Commrs. at Richd. and may not be disinclined to be included among the Directors there. I have no other ground however for a conjecture, than what his letter presents. He is a gentleman, who was among my early...
In persuance of the act of Congress providing that in case of absence from the seat of Government, of the Secretary of the Treasury, the President of the United States may authorise a Person to perform the Duties of that officer, during his absence, I am to ask the favor of you, and hereby authorise you to perform the same. RC ( PHi : William Jones Papers). In a clerk’s hand, signed by JM. JM...
I inclose an affecting letter from Mr. Coffin . It is I suppose too late to take it even into consideration. Were it otherwise, and his recommendations as may be the case equal to those in behalf of Mr. Haff, who can not well have more merit, and is less in want, it might not be amiss to re-weigh the subject. Friendly respects I return the proceedgs in the case of Lt. Sevier, with the...
I return the Transfer signed as sent to me. The inclosed communication from the Vice President, is a striking proof of the traiterous & scandalous practices which escape punishment in certain quarters. It will merit whatever attention can be usefully given to it by the Navy or Treasury Dept. The fact charged on the Collector of Newbury Port, if verified, subjects him to the severest notice....
I have recd. yours of the 14th. It will be well to forward a Commission immediately to Mr. Morgan of N.O. who may be desired whether he accepts it or not, to send to Mr. Smith, the information needed from a Collector. Perhaps he may be able to furnish the like information relative to other districts of the State. I have not time to send by the present mail, the places of residence of the...
Since the rect. of yours of I have had the pleasure of those of the 16th. & 18th. inst. Warrington appears to have acquitted himself with an éclat, & to possess talents, that justly fix him in the Constellation of our naval heroes. Can any thing be properly done for him, in reward of his achievement? Altho his force may have been a little superior to that of his antagonist, the difference in...
I have just recd. a letter of the 6th. inst: from the Secretary of war, in which he states that an addition of half a Million to the Monthly allotment of 1½ Millions for war expenditure, is indispensable to the completion of the campaign; and that he has written to the Paymaster, to furnish a sum amounting to about $400,000 called for by the estimate of paymaster Lee, as will be seen in the...
I have looked into the cases referred to in your letter of as found in the proceedings of the Court now returned. That I may decide on them with the satisfac. & advantage of a previous consultation with you, I delay the decision till my return to the City. This will probably be before the 1st. of next month. I am making preparation ⟨to⟩ set out on friday next, and shall lose no time...
I return with my thanks the Map of Upper Canada. I return also the papers relating to Weston. As a further report is promised by Coffin it would be premature to remove him. If he is willing to resign however, I think the respectable opinions we know of agst. his official conduct, render that course not improper. It is hard, no doubt that officers holding their places during pleasure, should be...
I return with my thanks the printed document you were so good as to send. There is an obscurity in the passage which you note, that calls for some such emendation as you suggest; unless the term sequestration has a meaning in the French Code, different from that generally attached to it. The translation may also be inaccurate; the more probably so, as there are two in the Newspapers not...
On the 17th of January, I had the Honour of addressing a line to the President recommending Mr John Marston junior of Boston to be appointed a Midshipman in the Navy. I am informed that an Application was made by his Father to Mr Hamilton your Predecessor, as early as last July. Since I wrote to the President I have had an opportunity to know this young Gentleman much more particularly. I...
The mail has just brought me your several favors of the 16th. with the accompanying papers. If nothing occurs ad[v]erse to the appointment of Ferguson to be naval officer, & Haff to be surveyer, in place of Schenk at New York, you will be so good as [to] issue commissions accordingly. If there be no blanks signed, it will be necessary to forward some for those & future purposes. I return the...
I have before me your letter of yesterday. At the communication it makes I can not but feel the sincerest regret; which is much heightened by the considerations which produced it. The nature of these forbids any effort to divert you from your purpose, especially as it is qualified by the interval in carrying it into effect. All that I ought to hope is that if a continuance of the war should...
As it ever has been, and forever ought to be, a general rule of the President & heads of department not to answer letters Soliciting or recommending appointments to offices—the exception to the general rule by your kind letter of the 13th of this month, lays me under a particular obligation. The reason you assign, is perfectly satisfactory to me; and I rejoice in it, as it proves the good...
I am just gratified by your favor of the 21. confirming the brilliant atchievement of Perry ; of which a Pittsburg-paper sent me & recd. two days ago, had left me in the strongest expectation. Altho’ Chauncy has not been able to keep time with that officer, I hope he is playing the same tune; and that we shall soon be supplyed with another subject of congratulation. If he can not do more than...
I am just favored with yours of the 12th. I hope the arrival of Gen: Bloomfield will lessen the military collisions which take place in your neighborhood. In the mean time your sentimts. & those of the Secy. of State must be useful. The step you have taken for strengthening the defence at Annapolis appears to be very proper. A proper understanding and concert between Washington Baltimore &...
I find so great a deficiency in the applications & recommendations for Revenue offices, that I fear very inconvenient delays will be unavoidable. This will be the Case particularly in some of the more distant quarters; as in Louisiana under which head the Tableau is entirely blank. Can you suggest any fit person for collector there? There may be a resource in the sending a blank Commission to...
J. Madison requests a consultation with the Heads of Dept. on Tuesday next at 11 OC. June 3: 1814 The object is to decide on the plan of campaign which our means naval & military render most eligible. Meantime the Secretary of the Navy, will cause to be made out, & send over. RC ( PHi : William Jones Papers); draft ( DLC ); Tr ( DLC , series 3). RC docketed by Jones. Minor differences between...
The inclosed commission will inform you of your appointment to be Secretary of the Navy. I hope it will not be incompatible with your views, to aid the public, especially at the present conjuncture, with your valuable talents; and that you will be able, without delay, to enter on the important duties of the Department committed to you; no temporary provision having been made for the vacancy...
I recd. yesterday yours of the 18th. I hope the next information from Chauncy will convert our anxieties into congratulations. The same hope is applicable to Perry. I was called on yesterday by a Capt. Chapman with a proje[c]t of a vessel to be Chinese rigged, but to depend essentially on sweeps; to be made absolutely invulnerable by Cotton & other defences, and to be fitted for firing ships...
On our arrival at Montgomery Ct. H. we found, according to report, that the army had left it about noon, in full march towards Baltimore, whither the Enemy were supposed to be bending their course. We came to this place last evening with a view of joining the Secy. of State with the army, or of going with him to Washington as he might think best. I have just recd. a note from him, saying that...
The Secretary of war in a letter of the 1st. instant states that the last advices make it evident that the Enemy, instead of now meditating a reestablishment of himself on the Thames, and a renewal of his intercourse with the Indians, means to strengthen himself on the Peninsula, making Fort Erie the Western Extremity of his line of operations; that including the Garrisons of Detroit & Malden,...
Among the letters which will go of course to Mr. Sheldon’s file of candidates, is one from Dr. Sage, stating circumstances of another sort, which claim a prompt & rigid attention. It is probable that you will have recd. the information from some official source; or that it may have been forwarded to the Dept. of State. It is equally due to Mr. Penny, and to the most obvious policy, that the...
I have recd your favor of the 11th. and am much gratified by the account from Capt: Perry. It is to be hoped that the success of what was to follow in his movements, will correspond with that of his preparatory advances. The occurances under Harrison appear also to be in a favorable unison. I concluded my journey early on the fourth day, after I left Washington. I gained strength on the road,...
I find by additional information daily coming in with respect to the Revenue appts. that it will be unsafe to proceed in making them with the scanty materials on hand. I am glad therefore that you have suspended the Commissions for Massachusetts & Maine, and shall have no objection to the like course as to all others not sent, excepting the case of N. Orleans, and any other districts of...
I am just gratified by the arrival of the mail, with the confirmation of the favorable acct. from L. Ontario, and with the important success of Genl. Harrison as reported in his letter of the 5th. instant. The impression made by that & preceding events, on the Savages is what was to be expected; and will favour much the sequel of our operations on the Canada side of the war. From the quick...
I have just recd your favor of the 14th. The victory of the Enterprize is a just subject of congratulations, the more so as succeeding the loss of the Chesapeake, and giving to that event, the more decided character of an exception, resulting from unpropitious circumstances, not a check to our maritime triumphs. I hope tomorrows mail will bring another proof, from the successful gallantry of...