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PRESIDENT JAMES MADISON - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 07/23/1812 CO-SIGNED BY: WILLIAM EUSTIS - HFSID 33118

 

JAMES MADISON and WILLIAM EUSTIS
In the early weeks of the War of 1812, the President appoints a First Lieutenant.
Partly Engraved DS: "James Madison" as fourth U.S. President and "W. Eustis" as Secretary of War, 1p, 14x17. On vellum. Washington, 1812 July 23. In part: "Know Ye, That reposing special Trust and Confidence in the Patriotism, Valour, Fidelity and Abilities of William Clarke I have nominated and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate do appoint him a First Lieutenant in the 23rd Regiment of Infantry in the service of the United States to take Rank as such from the Sixth of July 1812...." Just five weeks before this military commission was signed, on June 18, 1812, the United States, under President JAMES MADISON, had declared war against England. The First Session of the 12th Congress adjourned on July 6, 1812. On that day, President Madison signed into law an "Act to Prohibit American Vessels from Proceeding to or Trading with the Enemies of the United States". This act required every British subject residing in the U.S. to report to a government representative in each state their residence, occupation, compilation of family and whether he had made application for citizenship. Also on that day, the President signed an "Act for the Safe Keeping and Accommodation of Prisoners of War". WILLIAM EUSTIS had been appointed Secretary of War on March 7, 1809 and served until December 31, 1812. On February 3, 1814, President Madison promoted First Lieutenant WILLIAM CLARKE to Captain as of October 15, 1814. 2¾-inch diameter seal at upper left next to vignette, military vignette at lower margin. Heavy folds, horizontal fold and rippling at Madison's signature. Rippled, creased and lightly soiled. Pinhead-size holes at blank upper horizontal fold. Lightly creased at Eustis' signature. ½-inch circular ink blot on verso lightly shows through to upper blank area.


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PRESIDENT JAMES MADISON
Born: March 16, 1751 in Port Conway, Virginia Colony
Died: June 28, 1836 in Orange, Virginia





WILLIAM EUSTIS
Born: June 10, 1753 in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died: February 6, 1825 in Boston, Massachusetts





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