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Collection Reference Number GLC01743.01
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1817 
Title James Monroe to Robert Swartwout regarding the war of 1812
Date 16 March 1817
Author Monroe, James (1758-1831)  
Recipient Swartwout, Robert  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document
Content Description Written by Monroe as President to Swartwout, the former Quartermaster-General from March 1813 to June 1816. Monroe was Secretary of War from 1814 to 1815 and Swartwout reported to him during that point in the War of 1812. Swartwout apparently wrote Monroe for documents defending his conduct during the war. Monroe says he is returning papers relating to claims of Swartwout from January 1815. Says he remembers the time well and recollects the powers given to Swartwout to carry out the war. Says his letter from 4 February 1815 will give the best account of the powers given him. Says there will be no differences on the facts that occurred between them, but says "it is desirable, from motives of delicacy, that I should interpose as little as possible, to decide questions connected to it." Probably does not want to cause any controversy early in his presidency. Says he will converse with him on the claims if he decides to call on him. There are two dockets, one written by Swartwout and the other seemingly written by a secretary for Monroe saying there was an original letter as well as War Department correspondence from 1813-1815. The War Department correspondence is not included here.
Subjects War of 1812  President  Military History  
People Monroe, James (1758-1831)  Swartwout, Robert (1779 - 1848)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme War of 1812; The Presidency
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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