From Elbridge Gerry, 9 March 1814 (Abstract)
§ From Elbridge Gerry. 9 March 1814, Washington. “Lieutenant Walter Coles, of the Cavalry, expresses a wish to be appointed a Captain in the new corps to be raised & apportioned amongst the States. I have sent his letter, containing other subjects, to Mrs Gerry, but think it was the rifle corps.1 Mr Coles I know, & have heard much of him by the Massachusetts Officers, & they all agree, that he is a correct young Gentleman & an excellent officer; it need not be add that he is a decided friend to the existing Government, & political System & measures. I think myself he would honor the Commission.”
RC (DLC). 1 p.; docketed by JM.
1. In the list of proposed appointments submitted to JM on 8 Mar. 1814, John Armstrong included Walter Coles as captain in the Third Regiment of Riflemen. The Senate confirmed the appointment on 17 Mar. (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 2:505–6, 511).