James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Jeremiah Morrow, 8 April 1812 (Abstract)

§ From Jeremiah Morrow

8 April [1812]. “Received the enclosed with a request that they be laid before the president.”1

RC and enclosures (DNA: RG 107, LRRS, M-171:6). RC 1 p.; docketed as received in the War Department on 9 Apr. 1812. Addressee not indicated. For the enclosures, see n. 1.

1Morrow forwarded three petitions, two of which were addressed to JM. One was from four Wyandot Indians at Lower Sandusky, stating that “bad reports” were being circulated against their neighbors Disbrow and Butler by Mr. Tupper, “our late friend.” The Wyandot claimed that “there white brother[s]” frequently helped them raise crops and were now building a mill for them, and they entreated JM not to “listen to any bad birds that may be flying About, to the injury of your children,” adding: “we are glad to have Some of them Amongts us that will live like brothers as they do” (1 p.). The second was an almost identically worded address from six members of the Ottawa, Gessawa, and Potawatomi Indians (1 p.). The third, dated 17 Mar. 1812, was from fourteen settlers at Lower Sandusky, reporting that Samuel Tupper had informed Indian agent John Johnston that Disbrow and Butler were “unfriend[l]y to goverment, corrupt in there principals, & no better than British Subjects and that they were in the practice of run[n]ing goods from Cannada, unfriendly to the Indians, disturbers of the peace &c &c.” The settlers denounced these reports as “fals fabrication and withou⟨t⟩ any Kinds of grounds whatever” and defended Disbrow and Butler as friendly to both the U.S. and the Indians (1 p.).

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