James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Daniel D. Tompkins, 30 March 1814 (Abstract)

From Daniel D. Tompkins, 30 March 1814 (Abstract)

§ From Daniel D. Tompkins. 30 March 1814, Albany. “Col. Anthony Lamb of this City, late Deputy Quarter Master General, has informed me of his intention of visiting Washington upon business transacted by him whilst in the Quarter Master’s department. He is desirous of the honor of being made known to you. I therefore pray you to pardon the liberty I take in presenting Col. Lamb to your acquaintance, and of saying that he is the son of a distinguished Revolutionary patriot, and a gentleman of character and respectability, for whom I entertain high regard and esteem.”1

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1John Lamb (1735–1800) served in independent and continental artillery units from 1775 to 1783; he attained the rank of colonel in the New York Continental Line by 1777, and at the war’s end was breveted a brigadier general. In 1788, he helped lead New York’s opposition to the adoption of the federal Constitution. He was collector at the port of New York, 1784–97, but was compelled to relinquish the office when evidence emerged of embezzlement totaling $150,000, probably by one of his employees. His son Anthony (ca. 1771–1855), a New York merchant and lieutenant colonel in the militia, was appointed military agent for the northern department of the United States in 1809 and deputy quarter-master general in the U.S. Army in 1812 (PJM, description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (1st ser., vols. 1–10, Chicago, 1962–77; vols. 11–17, Charlottesville, Va., 1977–91). description ends 11:134 and n. 2; Kline, Papers of Aaron Burr, description begins Mary-Jo Kline, ed., Political Correspondence and Public Papers of Aaron Burr (2 vols.; Princeton, N.J., 1983). description ends 1:291, 292 n. 2; Heitman, Historical Register, description begins Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, from Its Organization, September 29, 1789, to March 2, 1903 (2 vols.; 1903; reprint, Baltimore, 1994). description ends 1:612; Hastings, Public Papers of Daniel D. Tompkins, 1:714; 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 2:128, 242–43).

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