James Madison Papers

Virginia Delegates to Benjamin Harrison, 21 January 1783

Virginia Delegates to Benjamin Harrison

RC (Virginia State Library). In JM’s hand, except for Joseph Jones’s signature. Docketed by Harrison, “Virginia Delegates Jany 21st 1783.”

Phila: 21st. Janry 1783.


The Post which arrived late yesterday evening brought us your Excellencys letters of the 4th. and 11th. with their several inclosures. we shall loose no time in carrying into execution the intentions of the Executive respecting the settlement with Mr. Nathan and communicate the result to your Excellency.1 the other matters from the Assembly shall also be duly attended to.2 we hope it will be convenient for the Treasurer in the begining of next month to furnish us with a supply.3 very respectfully we are

yr Excellencys obed hum: servts:

James Madison jr.

Jos: Jones

1Harrison to Delegates, 4 Jan., and nn. 5, 6; 11 Jan., and n. 4. For further comment upon the claim of Simon Nathan, see Delegates to Harrison, 28 Jan.; 4 Feb.; Harrison to Delegates, 15 Feb. 1783.

2For the delegates’ attention to the Virginia legislature’s instructions in re Virginia’s financial quota of 1783 and the impost amendment, see JM Notes, 27 Jan.; in re the tobacco contract with the merchants-capitulant of Yorktown, see JM Notes, 31 Jan.; in re loss of vouchers pertinent to the settlement of Virginia’s accounts with Congress, see JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, 1904–37). description ends , XXIV, 106, 123; and in re Virginia’s confiscation of Loyalists’ property, see JM Notes, 20 March 1783.

3On 1 January 1783 JM’s salary as a delegate was in arrears more than £865 Virginia currency. See Jacquelin Ambler, “the Treasurer,” to JM, 1 Feb. 1783.

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