James Madison Papers

To James Madison from the Chester Republican Troop of Cavalry, 4 January 1812 (Abstract)

§ From the Chester Republican Troop of Cavalry

4 January 1812, Chester Court House, South Carolina. “The awfull Crisis, pregnant with the destinies of our beloved Country, the magnanimous & patr[i]otic stand of our illustrious Cabinet against the wicked, outrageous & unnational proceedings of the belligerents, have induced the Chester Republican Troop of Cavalry through this Channel to meet the spirit of the Nation in the offer of their services.… This Troop consist of fifty, including Officers equipt for the field of battle and ready at a moments warning to march any and every where in defence of their legitimate rights.” Request a speedy acknowledgment of their offer of service.1

RC (DNA: RG 107, LRRS, M-106:6). Signed by Capt. James McClintock and three others. 2 pp. Docketed by a War Department clerk as received on 21 Jan. 1812.

1Not receiving a “speedy” reply to their offer, the Chester Republican Troop wrote again to JM on 21 Mar. 1812, repeating the substance of their 4 Jan. letter (ibid., M-170:6). The secretary of war acknowledged both letters on 5 May, assuring the troop that the president had noted “with much Satisfaction” their “patriotic tenders of Service” and adding that “the moment appears to be fast approaching, when he will avail himself of your generous ardor in the cause of our Country” (William Eustis to James McClintock, 5 May 1812 [DNA: RG 107, LSMA]).

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