James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Keteltas, 14 November 1812 (Abstract)

§ From William Keteltas

14 November 1812, New York. “I had the Honor of mentioning the subject before to Your Excellency1 I repeat it again. If You will give Me the Command of a Regt. of horse or foot I will endeavour to do My duty to My Country.” Believes that to achieve peace in the spring, the U.S. must take Canada this winter and that to reach this goal the administration need only “will it to be done.” If his tender of military service is not accepted, asks “for the appointment of marshal of this district should the present Enemy of the administration be removed,” in order to provide his family with “those Comforts they have been deprived of by My Efforts in support of the Constitutional rights of Man.”

RC (DLC). 2 pp.; docketed by JM.

1Keteltas to JM, 12 Sept. and 11 Oct. 1812.

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