James Madison Papers

From James Madison to John Armstrong, 20 June 1814

To John Armstrong

June 20. 1814

General Wilkinson it appears, addressed an application to the P. on the 6th. ult: for an opportunity of securing testimony wch. may be lost by the casualties of the campaign.1 This is reasonable; and may be effected by depositions taken in the usual mode a Judge advocate attending on the part of the public. Give the proper instructions for the purpose, & let the Genl. be informed that his request is complied with. It will be proper also to liberate him from his restriction to particular places of residence.

I wish a list of all the Majr. & Brigadiers Generals not prisoners of war as at present respectively distributed for service.


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

1JM may have referred to Maj. Gen. James Wilkinson’s 6 May 1814 letter to Armstrong, which has not been found but is acknowledged in Armstrong’s 23 May reply (DNA: RG 107, LSMA). In that reply Armstrong listed the charges against Wilkinson and stated that Wilkinson’s letter would be forwarded to JM as requested but did not mention the issues addressed here by JM.

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