James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Albert Gallatin, [ca. 19 November] 1812

From Albert Gallatin

[ca. 19 November 1812]

Is it proper to enlist volunteers, under the existing act, for local & special services? Is not this a distinct organisation such as was contemplated when thinking of a local force? And would it not be better to have a general law for that object, reserving the volunteers for more active service?

If Gen. A. is not controlled, he will draw for the defence of New York a much larger permanent force than, taking the whole ground into consideration, we can spare & support.1

RC (DLC). Undated; dated 1812 in the Index to the James Madison Papers; date assigned here on the basis of the documents cited in n. 1. Unsigned; docketed by JM, “Gallatin A. / 1813” and “Albert Gallatin / 1812–3.”

1For John Armstrong’s proposal to change the volunteer laws, see Armstrong to JM, 5 Nov. 1812, n. 1, and Gallatin to JM, ca. 19 Nov. 1812 (first letter), and n. 1.

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