James Morrison

Report of the Military Committee on the bill from the Senate of the relief of
James Morrison

February 27, 1823
Read and ordered to lie on the table

The committee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred the bill from the Senate for the relief of James Morrison

That in September, 1812. Colonel Morrison was appointed a Deputy Quartermaster General to the army, on the Northwestern Frontier.  Under the command of General Harrison - and in a letter from the then Secretary of
War, he was warmly pressed to accept the appointment, as his talents and experience in such service were considered peculiarly desirable to the government.

On the 12th of October, Col. Morrison wrote to the Secretary of War, requesting to know whether he was to be held liable for subordinate officers of his department, as, in that case, he was unwilling to accept the office.  In answer to which, the Secretary of War informed him, that the law of the 22d of May, exonerated him from responsibility for the subordinate officers of his department; and, also, informed him that $400,000 had been sent to Ohio and Kentucky.  On the 30th of September, 1812, Col. Morrison employed Thomas H. Pindall as an assistant in the quartermaster's department, and early in November the Colonel repaired to Franklinton, Ohio, then the head quarters of the army, and did not return until the following Spring.  The funds of the United States under the control of Col Morrison for the purchase of supplies, Etc, were left part under the control of Pindall, and part in the hands of Major Bryson, at Newport, Kentucky,  On the 27th of November, 1812, Thomas H. Pindall was appointed, by General Harrison, an assistant deputy quartermaster in general orders, to receive pay and emoluments from the time he commenced acting as such, under the employment of Col. Morrison, and he has been recognized and paid as such by the government, from the time he commenced acting.  On the 21st of December 1812, Pindall advanced to Colonel Buford, a deputy commissary general, who was in need of the same, to make purchases for the army.  $10,000 and informed Col. Morrison of the same by his letter of the 23d of December, in answer to which Col Morrison replied, that it was true Col. Buford was a public agent, and, as such, his bills ought to be duly honored; but advised Pindall, when he got his money back, to keep clear of him.  This sum of money has never been repaid to Pindall or to Col Morrison, or to the government by Col. Buford, and it has been charged to Col. Morrison in the settlement of his accounts with the government.  General Harrison certifies that it was absolutely necessary that Col. Morrison should leave the funds in the hands of some one in Kentucky to purchase and forward supplies to the army.  The Secretary of the Treasury, to whom the subject was referred by this House, reports strongly in favor of the equity of Col. Morrison's claim. 

The committee, therefore, recommends the passage of the bill.



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