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To James Madison from Paul Hamilton, 14 May 1809 (Abstract)

§ From Paul Hamilton

14 May 1809. Covering letter from Secretary Hamilton accompanies a memorandum on the condition of ships of the line and gunboats. Of the fourteen commissioned ships, all but three “are ready for service at a moment’s warning; & the frigates United States & Essex & corvette Jno. Adams are very nearly ready.” All of the gunboats except those stationed in New Orleans “have been placed in a State of Ordinary” and their crews dismissed or placed on indefinite furlough without pay. The commandant of the gunboats at New Orleans “has been ordered to reduce their crews as much as may be consistent with their safety—to retain on board each, merely a sufficient number, to navigate them.”

RC and enclosure (DLC). RC 1 p.; enclosure 3 pp. RC dated “Sunday Eve[nin]g.” Enclosed report, in Chief Clerk Goldsborough’s hand, docketed by JM, “May 15,” which was a Monday. More detailed copies were sent to both houses of Congress on 25 May (Annals of Congress description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.; Washington, 1834–56). description ends , 11th Cong., 1st sess., 14, 73; 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, 1:193).

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