New York senate, Reply to Daniel D. Tompkins' speech, 10 November 1812
To his Excellency Daniel D. Thompins, Esq. Governor of the State of New-York.
THE Senate fully concur with your excellency in the sentiment, that at a period like the present, when our country is engaged in war with one of the most powerful of the nations of Europe, difference of opinion on abstract points should not be suffered to impede or prevent an united and vigorous support of the constituted authority of the nation; and duly impressed with a conviction that in the breast of the real patriot all individual considerations and feelings should be absorbed in a paramount regard for his country's welfare, the Senate will cheerfully and firmly unite their exertions with those of the other departments of the government, to apply the energies of the state to a vigorous prosecution of the war, until the necessity of its further continuance shall be superseded by an honorable peace, the only legitimate object of war.
The different subjects submitted to the consideration of the senate by your excellency, shall receive their early and prompt attention; and believing, as they do, that respect for the memory of the soldier whose life is sacrificed in the service of his ocuntry, and to make provision for his destitute family, is the duty of all governments, and especially of a government like ours, in which more than any other the character of the patriot is united with that of the soldier;—the situation of the families of the officers and soldiers of the militia of this state, who have fallen or been disabled in the battle of Queentown, shall receive the seasonable attention of the Senate, and be disposed of by them in such manner as shall in their judgment best comport with the honor and justice of the state.