James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Glendy, 30 June 1812 (Abstract)

§ From John Glendy1

30 June 1812, Baltimore. Congratulates JM on “the magnanimous attitude assumed by the Government.” Hopes “that our struggle with the prostitute-misstress of the Ocean, will not, cannot be, of long duration.” “Insurrection and starvation … the portentous gloom of disappointed Catholics—The dread tempest that is fast gathering” in Ireland: “all combine, to urge the dire necessity, that must constrain English tyranny to succumb, and rescind its marauding orders, its legalized robberies.” Brings to JM’s attention Capt. Nathaniel Thompson,2 who solicits the command of a cutter or gunboat on the Chesapeake. Prays “That the present contest may terminate in glorious triump.” Adds in a postscript: “Bitterly do I regret that my sons are not of age. I almost regret my Ministerial profession. Beside preaching and praying, writing and talking, we would glory in fighting for the rights of America.”

RC (DNA: RG 45, ML). 2 pp.

1John Glendy (1755–1832) was the minister of the Second Presbyterian Church of Baltimore from 1805 to 1826 (Scharf, History of Baltimore, 2:547).

2Nathaniel Thompson was appointed sailing master on 1 July 1812, resigning that post on 25 Nov. (Callahan, List of Officers of the Navy description begins Edward W. Callahan, List of Officers of the Navy of the United States and of the Marine Corps from 1775 to 1900 (New York, 1900). description ends , p. 542).

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