James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Carter Tarrant, 25 October 1815

New orleans october 25 1815

Beloved President

I beg your Excellenceys Pardon for troubleing you with the following communication.

Immediately on the receipt of the commission your Honor was pleased to confer on me, I repaired to New orleans, & Joind the Army as Chaplain, & have continued to preach to the Troops ever sence, resolveing to do so, until the Power which Sent me there lets me know that there is no further occasion for my services:

Another reason of my continuance is oweing to a Clause in the Peace Establishment which reads as followeth

The acts of Congress establishing the ordnance department, the office of the commissary general of purchases & the Military academy, remain in force, as well as certain acts authorizing the appointment of judge advocates & Chaplains to the Army.

My Dr. Sir if the above Clause has had an improper bearing on my mind, it is my misfortune!! for I am now 1200 miles from Lexington Keny. (my home) & liveing at great expence, without Funds, without resources or friends. I therefore hope to excite your Excellencys commiseration so far, as to drop me a line containing my future destiny.

If your Excellencey thinks proper to continuer a Chaplain in the Army--I am willing to Serve. Pray Sir be so good as to let me hear from you as quick as posible, & I shall ever remain yours most Respectfully

Carter Tarrant
U. S. Army Chaplain

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