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    In the early months of the War of 1812, the President directs the Secretary of the Treasury to apply $500,000 of the money appropriated for Army salary to be spent on Clothing

    James Madison Manuscript Letter Signed "James Madison" as President, one page, 7.5" x 9". [Washington], October 29, 1812. To Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin. In full, "In pursuance of an act of the 3rd of March 1809 entitled 'An Act further to amend the several acts for the establishment of the Treasury, War and Navy Departments,' I do hereby direct that the sum of Five hundred thousand Dollars of the funds appropriated for the pay of the Army, to be applied to that of the Clothing Department." On June 18, 1812, four months earlier, Congress acceded to President Madison's request and declared war against Great Britain. James Madison, the preeminent figure at the 1787 Constitutional Convention who played a key part in guiding it through the Continental Congress, is known as the "Father of the Constitution." A signer of the Constitution and secretary of state under Jefferson (1801-1809), he was the fourth president of the United States (1809-1817). This letter is uniformly tanned with two minute tears at the blank left edge. It is in fine condition.

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    October, 2007
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