That interest exhausted, I took a survey of the inn's two parlours, which were decorated with coloured prints of Washington, and President Madison
, and of a white-faced young lady (much speckled by the flies), who held up her gold neck-chain for the admiration of the spectator, and informed all admiring comers that she was 'Just Seventeen:' although I should have thought her older.
It is too bad; this could have been an important contribution to our understanding of President Madison
and his wife, Dolley.
Whereas Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson prosecuted opposition journalists who did little more than annoy, President Madison
met with equanimity and good cheer the quite real sedition of New Englanders, some of whose militias refused to fight in 1812, even as Jefferson, his hotheaded ally of 40 years, urged his successor to employ "hemp [i.
Army was led by Winder, the presence of President Madison
, Secretary of State James Monroe and other political elite were giving truth to the old adage, "Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Stagg has an easy writing style and describes complex political events well, although I had the feeling that his bias towards President Madison
marred the reliability of the narrative.
, meanwhile, was desperate for more troops.
As a disciple of the Jeffersonian orthodoxy, President Madison
occupied a different place than his predecessor in the life cycle of the Democratic-Republican regime that celebrated limited government, states rights, democracy, and strict interpretation of the Constitution.
That's why Jennings's memoirs are notable, particularly because he was so closely linked to President Madison
and to the portrait of George Washington, which is considered the White House's most valuable historical object.
There have always been parties following inauguration, but President Madison
, and his wife, Dolley, started the inaugural balls.
The American capital was abandoned by President Madison
and his government officers, to say nothing of the troops supposed to defend it.
These events, historians say, placed President Madison
"in a quandary.