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From James Madison to John Armstrong, 2 August 1814

To John Armstrong

Aug. 2. 1814

Note on Genl. Lewis letter to Secy. W. July 28. 1814. asking whether he is to Judge of the menace of invasion requiring calls for Militia.1

Genl. Lewis, as other Commanders of Districts, shd. be authorized to call for militia according to the danger threatened. Where the cases are not too urgent they ought to be reported for previous sanction here: When the urgency will not permit this delay, information shd. be immediately transmitted, of the call made or about to be made.

If N.Y. be in danger at all, the danger is probably not very distant, and preparations for its safety therefore urgent, especially as they cannot be brought into effect at once.


Draft (DLC); Tr (DLC, series 3). Draft unaddressed; dated 28 July 1814 in the Index to the James Madison Papers.

1Maj. Gen. Morgan Lewis to Armstrong, 28 July 1814, DNA: RG 107, LRRS, L-43:8. No reply from Armstrong to Lewis has been found.

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