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Catalog Number KSa044696
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1811/10/22
Scope & Content Minutes of Tammany Club meetings and draft of the following letter to James Madison
To: James Maddison Esq.
President of the United States
Brookhaven, Long Island New York
October 22, 1811
Sir:
The Tammany Society or Columbian Order of Brookhaven, L.I. New York have requested us to address you on their behalf at the present very critical posture of our public affairs and to express the high confidence which they in unison with their fellow citizens generally repose in your talents and patriotism. Situated as we happily are in a land abundant in resources in the midst of an enlightened and free people, and enjoying the many privileges flowing from a system of republican government; administered by men conspicuous for their preeminent wisdom and inflexible integrity; we are not unmindful of the unsociableness of our condition. Nor have we been idle spectators of those events which threaten our peace and hazzard our rights as an independant people.

The aggravated and often repeated insults which our Country has sustained from the belligerents of Europe excite in us a just indignation and a solemn resolution to stand by and defend the measures of our government. We have viewed with emotions of pleasure and satisfacion, some symptoms of returning justice on the part of FRANCE instanced in the repeal of her unjust and [illegible] DECREES against Neutral Commerce; 'While we have cincerely to regret the want of similar temper on the part of Britain, who from the umprovoked murder of Pierce to the present time, have been guilty of repeated outrage as well her naval officers, as those who have been sent to us under the pretence of peace and reconciliation.

The Ocean, the common highway for nations, has been constantly infested by her piratical forces in violation of every principle of national Law. By them our people have been murdered-,our property seized and condemned, our: seamen [illegible] and inflamed, our sovereignty invaded and our government openly villified and insulted. "Justice" has [illegible] been stricken from the Catalogue of their virtues.

The constant and unremitted exertions of your administration to effect if possible an honorable accommodations of the existing difficulties is at once evidence of your sincere regard fair the best interests of our beloved Country.
This Society do, in the most heartfelt manner, regret the disposition which has for a length of time been manifested by a portion of our own fellow Citizens, for whom, but for this, they could feel the highest regard and esteem. We are of course much affected to view them on all important occasions endeavoring to counteract and render abortive the wise arid salutory measures of government.

These attempts it is our imperious duty to approve so far as they tend to tarnish our reputation or hazzard our peace and national Independence.

While we reflect upon the many public injuries which have been heaped upon us, and the prospect which exists of being compelled ultimately to unsheathe the sword, as the only alternative by which redress can be obtained, we embrace this opportunity of assuring you and our fellow citizens generally, of our sincere approbation of the measures of your administrations attachment to the invaluable principles of our government and our fixed resolution to [illegible] every faculty of our nature in vindication and support of all such measures as shall be judged expedient for the attainment of ample and complete atonement for the accummulated wrongs which our Country has sustained.

With sentiments of esteem and respect for your person and character we subscribe ourselves your Obedient humble servants.
Benjamin F. Thompson
John R. Satterly
Notes Self envelope - Purchased from Bernard Press by R. M. Gipson for the Museums