James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Elbridge Gerry, 15 April 1814

From Elbridge Gerry

Washington 15th April 1814

Dear Sir,

Enclosed is a letter which I have received from Colo. DeLacroix at Baltimore, of the 14th instant.1 I saw in august last a regiment under the command of Colo Hawkins which he informed me would reinlist almost to a man, having been inlisted for a year which expired in September or october last. That regiment, I was also informed, consisted of about a thousand men, was disciplined by Colo DeLacroix, was much attached to its officers, & it appeared to me as compleat in tactics as any regiment or corps which I had seen in the United States. I presume Colo DeLacroix had in view those men, & excellent men they appeared to be; & that Colo Hawkins should command one of the regiments but this may not be the case. It is in compliance with the request contained in the letter, that I make this communication; & I can also add, that Colo DeLacroix’s character stood high as an officer, both in Boston & New York, & Colo Hawkin’s in the latter place. I have the honor to be Sir with sentiments of the highest Esteem & respect—yours very sincerely

E. Gerry

Photostat of FC (DLC: Gerry Papers). Enclosure not found, but see n. 1.

1The enclosure evidently requested Gerry’s support for Irenée Amelot de Lacroix’s ongoing efforts to obtain a U.S. Army commission (Portrait of Colonel I. A. de La Croix [Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 32553], 181–84). For Lacroix’s earlier pursuit of a military appointment, see Petition Recommending Irenée Amelot de Lacroix, ca. 18 Sept. 1812, and William Keteltas to JM, 11 Oct. 1812, 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 5:333–34 and n., 388–89 and n. 2.

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