James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Yard, 9 September 1796

From James Yard

Philada. Sepr. 9. 1796

Dear Sir

I am very Sorry that your Letter1 came too late to arrest the intended progress of yr. funds to the Hands of Van Stophorst. On the 12th. Ulto. I remitted the Draft of pragers for f7719 Hd Curry. which @ 3 f per Ga. amounts to $3087.00.2

I recd. a Letter from Mr Monroe by a Vessel which brought your Box of China to Wilmington. A few Days after, it was brought up & landed on our Wharf in such a crazy State that I apprehended much Damage & concluded to have it unpacked without hazarding further Movements—fortunately it was so well packed that it came out in excellent Condition & is now at my House. Mrs. Yard unites with me in Complts to you & your Lady. Very respectfuly Dr sir Your obdt servt

James Yard3

RC (DLC). Addressed by Yard to JM at Orange Court House. Docketed by JM.

1Letter not found.

2This was evidently the sum paid by Arnold Henry Dohrman to settle his debt with Philip Mazzei (JM to Jefferson, 4 Apr. 1796; Jefferson to JM, 24 Apr. 1796).

3James Yard, a former U.S. consul at Saint Croix in the Danish West Indies, was a Philadelphia merchant (PJM description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (1 vol. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984—). description ends , 15:404 n. 7).

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