January 29, 1814
Letter to the Editor of the Maryland Gazette calling for the “gentry” to enlist in the war effort:
“If the administration does not now succeed in getting men for the army, it will be wonderful indeed. In the first place, an embargo law has passed, the effect of which was to throw a great many of the laboring poor out of employment, and reduce them to beggary, so that they must enlist in the army, and now an enormous bounty is offered to get them to enlist. But then what is become of the life and fortune gentry who were so eager to enter into this war, and to blow out the brains of all the British? Surely these people must now know that this is the time to tender their services to the government and its officers. If they have any thoughts of ever redeeming their pledge, let them now come forward and join in the ranks. If they refuse, why then let them say not another word about their patriotism or readiness to support this war.” (signed) E.P.