James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Duncan, 21 March 1813

From William Duncan

United States Arsenal March 21st: 1813


Since I had the honor to receive from your Excellency the appointment of Superintendant of Military Stores, I trust my unceasing endeavours to promote the public service have proved satisfactory. I can say that I have conscientiously exerted all the energies of body and mind in the prompt and faithful discharge of the various and arduous duties which devolved on me. The enclosed letter, signed by all the Officers and Clerks at this establishment, was this morning politely handed to me, with a request that I should forward it to your excellency.1 My daily intercourse with those Gentlemen afforded them an opportunity of witnessing my attention to the official duties of my Office; which being abolished by law, I take the liberty of most respectfully soliciting an appointment to the Office of Superintendant General, which was created instead thereof.2 I have the honor to be with sentiments of the highest esteem & regard Your excellencys Obedt. Servt.

Wm. Duncan
Supt. Mil. Stores

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 107, LRRS, D-79:7). Docketed as received in the War Department in March 1813. For enclosure, see n. 1.

1Duncan enclosed a 20 Mar. 1813 letter (2 pp.) signed by eight officers and clerks of the U.S. Arsenal at Philadelphia attesting to his service as superintendent of military stores and recommending him for the newly created office of superintendent general of military supplies.

2For Duncan’s unsuccessful attempt to obtain this position, see PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (6 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends , 5:123 n. 3.

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