Receipt of John Francis Mercer
MS (Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, N.J.).
Oct. 11. 1783
Recd fm. Loan of the Honble Jas Madison Six hundred Dollars.
John F Mercer1
1. JM and Mercer were in Princeton on 11 October (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, 1904–37). description ends , XXV, 670–71). The “Dollars” were probably either the currency of Pennsylvania or New Jersey. In a letter of 12 November 1784 to JM, Mercer apologized for his delay in repaying the debt, arranged for the remittance of $400, and promised to discharge the balance as soon as his “Crops can be converted into Cash” (LC: Madison Papers). A part of the debt was still unpaid in 1803 (JM to Mercer, 11 Aug. 1803).