James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Stephen Ormsby, 1 March 1815

City of Washington 1st March 1815

To The President of the United States

The Memorial of Colonel Nicholas Gray Inspector General of the 3rd. Military District, Sheweth,

That Your Memorialist has been employed since the Commencement of the War in the service of the United States.

The he served on the Niagara frontier in the Year 1812 as a Volunteer, part of the time in the Capacity of Engineer, and towards the latter part of the Year, by the Appointment of Genl. Smyth Commanded the Artillery in Fort Niagara until discharged.

That since he had the honor to be appointed to the General Staff, he has resided in the City of New York, where he trusts he has performed his duty with advantage to the Service and Credit to himself.

That he has been obliged from the peculiarity of his situation, having a family to support and the extravagance of every article of Consumption, and the irregularity of payments, to incur debts which he is now totally unable to discharge, his only support arising from his pay as an Officer.

Your Memorialist therefore Prays that the President of the United States will be pleased to honor him with some situation either Civil or Military which may enable him to discharge his engagements, and support himself and family.

Nicholas Gray
Insp Genl 3 Mil Dist

My long & intimate acquaintance with Col. Gray induces me to take the very great liberty of adding to his Memorial, that I know its contents to be strictly true; that I Know him to be a diligent, faithful & meritorious Officer; and that ⟨   ⟩ unavoidable expences Attendant upon his residence in Newyork, in the discharge of his duty, & with a family to support & educate, have involved him in considerable pecuniary Embarassments -- And I beg leave with the most respectful deference to state my conviction, that he will discharge the duties of any Office he may be appointed to & undertake, with zeal, fidelity and intelligence.

Thos. Addis Emmet

We the Undersigned Believing Colo Gray to be a Valuable Officer, Recommend him to the Particular Patronage of the President

Stephn. Ormsby

John C. Calhoun

Joseph Kent

A. McKim

R Creighton Jun

Wm Lowndes

John Gaillard

DNA: RG 94--Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General.

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