James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Brent, 12 February 1814

From William Brent

Washington 12th Febry 1814

Mr. Joseph Dougherty1 informs me that the President is willing to remit the fines imposed upon him by the Court of Enquiry of the 2d. Regiment of Militia of the District of Columbia, attached to the first Brigade of the said Militia, for leaving Capt Lenox’s Company, provided one or more of the field Officers of the said Regiment would signify that he had no objection. Mr Dougherty having applied to me on the occasion, I feel no disposition to prevent his obtaining such relief as it may please the President to extend to him in the case. He tells me he has joined Captain Davidson’s Company of light Infantry, and has shewn by so doing, that he did not in quitting Capt Lenox’s Company, wish to evade the Law or to avoid performing his Duty as a Militia-man.

Wm. Brent Col. 2d
Regt. 1st B. M. D.C.


1For Dougherty, see PJM-PS, description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends 2:335 n. 2.

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