MVB to James Monroe, 22 January 1815

MVB to James Monroe, 22 January 1815



The court for the Trial of Genl Wilkinson met at Troy on the 16th. Instant, pursuant to an adjournment on which I apprised you.

I appeared before them, produced my letter of appointment and claimed to conduct the prosecution in pursuance of it. Genl. Wilkinson objected to my appointment on the gen general ground of want of authority of the President to make it & to my surprise the court sustained his objection.

The army Judge advocate (a very worthy & discreet young gentleman) will apprise you of the points urged in support of the objection. For myself, I ha[d] not then nor have I now a single doubt as to the correctness & legality of the course pursued by goverment on the subject.

All further connection on my part being thus cut off, excuse me for troubling you with a remark on the subject of the compensation I ought to receive from goverment for the services rendered which I cheerfully submit to your decission without any precise claim on ^by^ me <illegible>.

I received the appointment during the session of our circuit court & but a few days before the commencement of the term of our Supreme court, at which I had several interesting causes noticed for argument. Had it been sent earlier, while I duly appreciated the compliment paid me by it ^& felt gratifyed^ in being a second time selected for this <on> <a> similar purpose, still the pressure of my business would have induced me to decline it, but supposing that <the> goverment deemed it important that the prosecution should in that manner be conducted & sensible that my declining it would (on account of the shortness of the time) have produced embarassment I felt it to be my duty to accept it. The consequence was that I had to submit to considerable inconvenience to prevail on adverse counsel & parties to postpone some causes & ^to^ employ new counsel to attend to others. This done I proceeded to Utica, & appeared before the court there, after my return I spent a week at utica Albany in obtaining the necessary information, preparing new specifications, preparing the cause for trial & making myself acquainted with its merits. The succeeding week I repaired to Troy where on the seccond day of court I received my discharge in the manner I have stated & which to say the least of it was not very palatable.

You will decide Sir, to what extent the termination of my duties under the circumstances ought to diminish my claim for compensation from what it would other wise have been.

With Sentiments of

Respect & Esteem your

obedt. Servt



Hudson 22d January 1815

M. Van Buren Esqr

Relative to his dismissal

in the performance of the

duties of Judge Advocate

in the Cause of Genl.

Wilkinson—wishes the

compensation decided by

by the Sec of War.



Jany 22nd 1815

Mr. Van Buren

General Wilkinson's

Court Martial

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