James Madison Papers

To James Madison from an Unidentified Correspondent, 20 February 1810 (Abstract)

§ From an Unidentified Correspondent

20 February 1810, New Haven. Advocates the establishment of “privileged corps” of engineers to defend the seacoast from attack by armed vessels in lieu of the volunteers called for by JM.1

RC (DNA: RG 107, LRRS, A-26:5). 1 p. Signed “A Native American.” Docketed by a War Department clerk as received 26 Feb. 1810.

1The House committee that acted on JM’s 3 Jan. 1810 message calling for “a volunteer force of twenty thousand men” had recommended implementing legislation on 8 Jan. (Annals of Congress description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States ... (42 vols.; Washington, 1834-56). description ends , 11th Cong., 2d sess., 1159).

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