James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Robertson, Jr., 20 April 1812 (Abstract)

§ From William Robertson, Jr.

20 April 1812, Abbeville County, South Carolina. Transmits the sentiments of the company under his command1 and states that he is holding himself ready until he receives further instructions. Is anxious to learn “Whether We Are Accepted of or Not.”

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 107, LRRS, R-79:6). RC and enclosure 3 pp. Docketed by a War Department clerk as received 11 May 1812. A note on the cover reads: “N. B. Inscribed on the Memo. of Tenders of Military Service, at 41.” For enclosure, see n. 1.

1Robertson enclosed an address signed by himself and forty others who had formed themselves into a corps called the Independent Rifle Men. They declared themselves to be “Warmly Attached to the Government of Our Choice, Viewing With detestation, and Abhorance, the Wanton, Inhuman, and Unprovoked Violation of Our National Rights, by the Tyrants of Europe, and Determined Not only to Support the Laws of Our Country, But also to resist and punish any Outrage Committed thereon, as far as in Our powers lies….. As Citazens of the Only remaining Republick Now On Earth, Beholding the Invidious and Jealous Manner, in which Our rising Greatness, is Viewed by the Despots, of the World. As Men Resolved at the risk of every thing dear, to Cherish and Preserve the Sacred privaledges Our Fathers have left us And Finding as we do that a resort to Arms Will be Absolutely Necessary, to render that Justice to Our Common Country, Which Traitors and Villains have Trampled on and Denied. We do Hereby Tender Our Services to the President of the United States of America as a part of the Quota of Volunteers, required to be raised, by the Government, On Conditions that We Shall be furnished With Good Serviceable Rifles, And We Will Hold Ourselves Ready and Equipt to March at a Moments Warning.”

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