I have to include another excerpt from the George Ross farm diaries that I described earlier. On Thursday, 12 January 1815, Ross writes from his Lancaster, Pennsylvania farmstead:
No work, it being recommended by the Presdt. as a day of humiliation & prayer. I caus’d my People to abstain from menial services – Not out of Respect for Madison for whom I feel the most contemptible opinion; but as in the case of Snyder who is equally contemptible, I revere the sacred offices, which these miscreants now fill, & hope when they are chang’d we will cheerfully obey their successors.
So, I guess Ross didn’t like President Madison? Or maybe his conduct of the War of 1812?