From James Monroe
Washington Octr. 17th. 1813
You will have received thro’ the war dept., intelligence of the success against Proctor by the troops under Genl. Harrison, and of the change produc’d by it, and the preceding events on the lakes on the Indians.1
I send you a paper communicated to me in great confidence by the Gentleman whose name is written on the back. He has made other communications, of a still more interesting nature, which I shall make known to you on your arrival.
The affr. of the expeditn. agnst the Creeks, as to the command, has given me much embarrassment. Govr Mitchell does not seem to wish it, but still states difficulties, which create delay on his part. Col: Troup is inclind to think that it had better be committd to Genl. Pinckney, & Mr Parker inclines to the same opinion. I shall write you again to morrow Tho’ you may probably not receive it. Very sincerely & respectfully yours
RC (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers). Enclosure not found.
1. For the Battle of the Thames, to which Monroe referred, see John Armstrong to JM, 13 Oct. 1813, and n. 1. William Henry Harrison’s letter to Armstrong of 30 Sept. 1813 conveyed the news that with U.S. troops in possession of Detroit, several Indian tribes had deserted the British and agreed to Harrison’s terms for peace (Esarey, Messages and Letters of William Henry Harrison, Indiana Historical Collections, 2:554–56).