James Madison Papers

To James Madison from David George, 2 December 1816

Concord N H. December 2d. 1816

Hon’d Sir

I beg leave to offer, for your consideration Charles H⟨   ⟩ George late Lieut. of the 40th. Infantry for a reappointment in the United States Army. Necessity has induced me to make the application and when you hear my condition perhaps you will not wonder at the ⟨   ⟩ which I have taken in writing to you upon the subject. At the commencement of Mr. J. ⟨   ⟩ Presidency by the recommendation of our Venerable Langdon an⟨d⟩ the Honble. Timothy Walker and many others I was appointed Postmaster of this Town and so continued untill September, and during that time I paid my whole attention to the ⟨   ⟩ of that Office and to further the Acts of the General Governmen⟨t.⟩ Although the temper of the times were such in this Quart⟨er⟩ that it was almost considered Sacriledge not to be even ⟨   ⟩ it is a fact that during the grea⟨ter⟩ part of the time had I have been in battles equal to that of ⟨   ⟩ water fighting the common enemy the station would have been preferable than the one I was in. That was a sore battle to me for I had a near relation killed there equal to that of a Brother, by the name of Joseph Priestly George. This place being a Mili⟨tary⟩ Post during the late War, and the Officers being inexperienced in the details of a camp life, and under those circumstances it was supposed that a mortal sickness prevailed amongst the Troops so that many of them suffered even for the want of a Shelter. ⟨The⟩ spirit of the times were such at the time with us that the citi⟨zens⟩ generally considered it immoral to afford any Relief to the dying soldiary but I turned my house into a hospital ⟨as it⟩ were for their accomodation and had my Wife have had been their own Mother, she could not have nursed them w⟨ith⟩ more care and attention, and without any compensation. ⟨She⟩ only was rewarded by cheerfully doing her duty to her God and her Count⟨ry⟩ Her Father Capt. Benjamin Emery was a revolutionary character ⟨   ⟩ and strongly attached to the old Whig party and his family early imbibe⟨d⟩ his principles. The time I took the Office which was out of the hand⟨s⟩ of an abusive Federal-Tory printer there was scarcely a republican in this place except myself and the family I was attached to so that Som⟨e⟩ fourteen years I had to encounter an host of local and Political enemies worse than Bears and Lions and Just as all thier roarings and growlings were ceasing by the glorious termination of the War and republicanism becoming more fashionable I received a letter from the Post Master General through the hands of a young man who was not an inhabitant of The Town that I was dismissed from my Office and that he was appointed in my place and my enem⟨ies⟩ the Tories compleated their sacrifice. I however cheerfully obeyed the summons and helped him remove the property to his place and helped him arrange the Office ⟨as⟩ he asked From the foregoing ⟨   ⟩ have it understood that I have any claims, but I am truly unfortunate. I have a numerous family to support with extreme bad health and could my son be reappointed it would be a desireable thing to himself and his connections. I am Sir respectfully your Obedient Servant

David George

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

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