James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Bankhead, 13 March 1813 (Abstract)

§ From James Bankhead

13 March 1813, Georgetown. “I have the honor to lay before you a letter which I took the liberty of addressing to the honble. Secretary at War, of the result of which I have received no information.

“I should be happy at this time to be actively employed; and as Norfolk is now threatened with invasion, I contemplated, so soon as I learnt the determination, on the subject of my letter, to solicit permission to repair to that place, untill my services should be required in another quarter.”1

RC and enclosure (DLC). RC 1 p. The enclosure is a copy of Bankhead’s 8 Mar. 1813 letter to John Armstrong (4 pp.; docketed by JM, “Mar. 13. 1813”), in which he complained of being passed over for promotion to command a regiment and suggested that he be appointed a colonel in the adjutant and inspector’s department.

1JM nominated Bankhead for promotion to major in the Seventh Regiment of Infantry on 16 Feb. 1814, and the Senate confirmed the appointment on 4 Mar. (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 2:483, 503).

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