James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Benjamin Day, 20 September 1802

From Benjamin Day

Fredericksg 20th Sepm 1802


I beg Leave to inform you, the Barque Freedom Captn. Thomas Taylor, in the interest of Mr James Maury of Liverpool, is now lying at Tappahanock, where she is to load with Tobacco. She is consigned to me, and I take the Liberty of Soliciting your Assistance, with a consignment in her to his Address. Her freight is fifty Shillings per Hhd and 5 per Ct. primage—being a British Bottom her cargo is exempt from paiment of the countervailing Duty of 1/6 Sterling per 100 lb. Any commands you may favour me with shall be carefully Attended to. I am very respectfully Your Most Obedt.

Benjn: Day1


Permit me to hand you a Copy of my circular Address to the Friends of Mr. Maury, and to hope it will be agreeable to you to countenance his Intention of an annual Ship in this River, by making him a Consignment in the Freedom. Requesting the Favour of your Answer, I am very respectfully sir, Your most obedt.

Benjn: Day

RC (DLC). In a clerk’s hand, except for Day’s signature and postscript. Enclosure not found.

1Benjamin Day (1753–1821) was a Fredericksburg merchant and onetime mayor of the city (PJM description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (1st ser., vols. 1–10, Chicago, 1962–77, vols. 11–17, Charlottesville, Va., 1977–91). description ends , 8:428 n. 2).

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