James Madison Papers

From James Madison to John Armstrong, 15 June 1814

To John Armstrong

June 15. 1814.

The Secy. of War will send

  • 1. All the correspondence with Genl. Harrison, subsequent to his return to the Western Country.1
  • 2. The correspondence with General Wilkinson from the date (inclusive) of his first request of a military investigation.2
  • 3. The correspondence with Genl. Jackson subsequent to his leaving the Indian Country.3
  • 4. The general orders which have been issued from the office of adjt. & Inspector General subsequent to the 1st. of May last.
  • 5. The Correspondence subsequent to that date with the several officers commanding Military districts: including the separate correspondences with Generals Izzard, Brown, & Gaines, in the 9th. Dist:
  • 6. The instructions to the Comrs. for Treaties with the Creeks, & with the N. Western Indians.4
  • 7. The number of small arms manufactured within the last year by & for the U.S.
  • 8. The number of small arms fit for use at the several depots respectively.

To save time & copying, the letters & instructions & orders from the War Dept. may be sent in the record or the retained draughts.


Draft (DLC); Tr (DLC, series 3).

1Maj. Gen. William Henry Harrison set out for Cincinnati from Washington on 22 Dec. 1813 (Esarey, Messages and Letters of William Henry Harrison, Indiana Historical Collections, 2:610).

2For Maj. Gen. James Wilkinson’s initial request for an investigation of his conduct in the 1813 campaign, see Armstrong to JM, 21 Feb. 1814, n. 2.

3After defeating the hostile Creeks, Tennessee militia Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson marched with his army to Fayetteville, Tennessee, where the men were discharged on 10 May 1814 (Quimby, U.S. Army in the War of 1812, 2:471–72).

4Here JM struck out the following item: “7. the number of regulars in or ordered for the several forts respectively within each Milty. Dist.”

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