James Madison Papers

From James Madison to John Armstrong, 4 August 1814

To John Armstrong

August 4. 1814.

Note accompanying a return of sundry Brevets sent filled up and sealed from the Office.

The Secretary of War will not in future permit Commissions to be filled up in the Office, until it be ascertained that the appointments are approved. In the Brevets to General Scott and the other Officers who so well merited them, the irregularity could not but be without effect.1 But when appointments are proposed and not approved, the circumstance ought not unnecessarily to appear.

James Madison

Tr (DLC, series 3).

1Winfield Scott was breveted major general on 25 July 1814 for his distinguished service in the Niagara campaign, including the battles of Chippawa and Lundy’s Lane (Niagara) (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 1:870).

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