James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Armstrong, [ca. March 1814]

From John Armstrong

Thursday. [ca. March 1814]

Dear Sir,

Major Fairly of New York calls upon you this morning with a note addressed to him by Commodore Decatur. I have seen the young gentleman who is the subject of this note. He is, in point of talents & acquirements, very much above the place he solicits. His politicks have been federal—but of the same stamp with those of Decatur. I promised to speak both to you & the Secretary of the Navy in his favor, but having been too much occupied to do so, Fairly has got out of patience & goes to you himself. I am Sir, most respectfully & faithfully yrs

J. Armstrong

RC (DLC). Undated. Note in an unidentified hand below Armstrong’s signature reads: “Benjamin Bourne now on board the United States as Chaplain.” Month and year supplied based on New York militia Maj. James Fairlie’s 2 June 1814 letter to Armstrong, reporting his activities since his “return to the City from Washington” (DNA: RG 107, LRRS, F-4:8), and Benjamin F. Bourne’s nomination and confirmation as a purser in the U.S. Navy on 25 and 26 Mar. 1814 (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 2:514–15).

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