Five November Bicentennial Events for the Presidency of James Madison!

Dear Family, Friends and Fellow Madison Enthusiasts,

It is my honor and great joy to inform you of four very exciting bicentennial
events that are coming up this week and the next.

November 1st, 1811

In the matter of the Little Belt affair of May 16th, British
minister to the United States Augustus John Foster is notified by the American
government that the United States is prepared to reach a friendly agreement on
the incident, provided that Great Britian rescinds her Orders in Council
affecting American commercial shipping. The British will not accept the American
offer of compensation, but they will present a counter offer to settle the
Chesapeake incident of June 22nd, 1807.

November 4th, 1811

In  Washington, the 12th Congress convenes. The midterm elections of 1810
have drastically altered the political alignment of both houses. The revelant
popular nationalism and pro-war sentiment have swept the “War Hawks” into
office, replacing the old generation of appeasers and peace-seekers. Among the
new Democratic-Republicans who advocate expansionism and nationalism are South
Carolina’s John C. Calhoun, William Lowndes, and Langdon Cheves; New York’s
Peter B. Porter; Kentucky’s Richard M. Johnson and Henry Clay; and Tennessee’s
Felix Grundy and John Sevier. Although the War Hawks are in a numerical
minority, they achieve great influence in the House of Representatives. Henry
Clay is selected Speaker of the House; Calhoun, Grundy and Porter gain control
of the foreign relations committee. The northwestern War Hawks will call for the
conquest of Canada, while the Southerners call for the annexation of al of

November 5th, 1811

In his message to Congress, President James Madison calls for increased
preparations for the national defense in face of the continued British and
French harassment of American commerical shipping. This is a delivery of a
tentative war message to Congress, indicating his shift in policy:)

November 7th, 1811

In the Indiana Territory, the Indians led by Shawnee leader Tecumseh carry
out a successful surprise attack on the 1,000 man force led by Governor William
Henry Harrison. In the hard fought battle of Tippecanoe, Harrison’s men are able
to repulse the Indians despite heavy losses. After razing the Indian village,
Harrison’s troops withdraw southward to Fort Harrison. Despite the indecisive
aftermath of the battle, the frontier settlers accalim it as a great victory
over the Indians, adding to the influence of the congressional War Hawks
and serving as a prelude to the coming War of 1812. The British in
Canada withdraw their support of Tecumseh and The Prophet, and Tecumseh flees.
Nevertheless, the anti-British sentiment on the frontier has been fuled with
bellicose calls to expel the British from Canada. On December 18th, Madison will
proclaim the battle of Tippecanoe a victory that will restore peace to the
northwestern frontier.

November 25th, 1811

The Senate confirms James Monroe as Secretary of State, replacing the
incompetent Robert Smith. Monroe accepts the offer of the British to settle the
Chesapeake incident of June 22nd, 1807.

Indeed, things are picking up quick. Pretty soon, 1811 (2011) will be over,
and here comes 1812 (2012). I have heard through many different sources that in
2012, there will be many different bicentennial evetns around the Eastern part
of our country celebrating the bicentennial beginning of the War of 1812:)

I sincerely hope each of you have been well and I look forward to
reconnecting with each of you soon:)

Most Sincerely, I am Yr. Obt. Srvt., with Esteem,

Sarah Everett

President James Madison


“For where your treasure is, there your heart
will be also,” – Matthew 6:21


“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a
people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power
which knowledge gives,” – James Madison


“Let me recommend the best medicine in the
World; a long journey, at a mild Season, thro’ a pleasant Country, in easy
stages,” – James Madison


“Always look forward; Look back and you will
fall over. And don’t ever quit, no matter what people will say. I started with
the firm conviction that when I came to the end, I wanted to be regretting the
things I had done, not the things I hadn’t. When you reach the top, that’s when
the climb begins,” – Michael Caine


About presidentjamesmadison

I am a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, and a fervent scholar and interpreter of our 4th President and Father of the US Constitution, James Madison I have been studying James Madison meticulously and abundantly for over 5 years. I've studied just about every book about him (secondary resources), and read his writings often (primary resources). I continue to study with a passion and devotion that I still am trying to understand in humility, as it grows greater daily:) I believe that my passion for Madison is a gift from God. I will use it for the rest of my life to give God all the glory and honor, and to continue to uplift James Madison's legacy at James Madison University, James Madison's Montpelier, and throughout the nation. I am flattered to have become JMU's unofficial interpreter of James Madison. I represent him at events/programs/presentations/debates quite frequently, as I resemble Madison exactly, via height, weight, lifestyle, views, personality, and facial feature.
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