[Washington]: July 19, 1813. Autograph Letter signed, about eighteen lines, on a single page. Docketed on verso, and addressed to Fenwick, with postal cancel "Wash. City Jul. 19," and free frank stamp. A few short closed tears [no text affected]. Very Good.
The Letter, reproduced here in full, requests the detention of an enlisted soldier who is allegedly a fugitive slave. Parker, a Massachusetts attorney, later became Adjutant General and Inspector General of the US Army. After the War of 1812, he was appointed Paymaster General. The alleged fugitive slave's fate is unknown. The final sentence of the Letter evidently refers to actions in the War of 1812 along the Niagara River.
"War Office July 19th 1813
"Dear Sir, In the absence of the Secretary of War & Col. Nicoll & Major Gardner of the Adjt & Inspr. Genl. Office I have to request that you will cause to be detained at New York an enlisted soldier Wm. Etherington now under the command of Lieut. Quackenbush of the 29th Regt. at Fort Gansevoort. The fellow is a slave belonging to Alexander Scott Esq now here. I do not know what arrangements have been made in the case & this is only to prevent his being marched off till you can be further advised from the Adjt & Inspr. Genl. All is further down the river, more smoke than fire. Yours truly Danl. Parker." Item #35935