James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Orchard Cook, 11 August 1812

From Orchard Cook

Wiscasset August 11th. 1812

May it please Your Excelly.

The Merchants of this Place—who were Republicans lately forwarded to your Excely an address—requesting a cessation of Arms &c.1 This was done in haste, immediately on the reception, at this Port, of the revocation of the Orders in Council. I wish to assure Your Excellency, that it would be the last of our Wishes that any of the Rights or Honour of the U. S should be sacrificed to G. B. for the sake of a premature Peace. Had Congress seen fit to have increased the Navy to a respectable State, The Adminisn. would be more popular here than ever. A respectable Navy would be the great Peace Maker between the S. & W States & the N & Eastern States. I hope & I trust that this Peace offering will be withheld no longer than the next Session of Congress. With profound respect I am your ever devoted & hum. Servt.

Orchard Cook


1Letter not found.

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