James Madison Papers

To James Madison from an Unidentified Correspondent, [ca. 12 April] 1813

From an Unidentified Correspondent

[ca. 12 April 1813]

This looks like seperation Jimmy the thing is ripening, and if the War continues 6 months it will be Matured.1

RC (NN). Postmarked New York, 12 Apr. Undated; date assigned here on the basis of the postmark. Docketed by JM, with his note: “Anonymous / Apl. 13. 1813 / Celebration of Russian Vicry. at Boston.” Damaged by removal of seal.

1On 13 and 27 Feb. 1813, the Boston Columbian Centinel printed reports of Russian victories over the retreating French army in the battles of Krasnoe, Borisov, and the Berezina River in November 1812. On 10 Apr. 1813 the paper published two of the speeches given at a 25 Mar. 1813 celebration in Boston of these events. JM’s correspondent may have enclosed a copy of the speech of Federalist Harrison Gray Otis, who observed that “The history of our government for several years, has exhibited a … conformity to the plans of Napoleon, too plain to be mistaken,” and went on to declare that with the Russian triumphs, “the bitter experience which we yet undergo, has now a chance to make us wise, before it makes us slaves.”

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