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.”