James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George W. Erving, 6 February 1804

From George W. Erving

(No. 30)

American Consulate
London February 6th. 1804.


By the Monsoon Captn. Nickerson I send to the care of the collector of Baltimore and directed to you, one large Chest containing West Florida papers & one deal box contents unknown.

These were left in my care by Mr. King1 with his request that they shoud be transmitted to you; No opportunity offering for Alexandria ’till we heard of Mr Monroe’s appointment to this Court, I judged it expedient to keep them ’till his arrival lest possibly he might chuse to examine the Chest and some documents might be found useful to our affairs in Europe. Mr. Monroe declined however to open it, & no proper opportunity of shipping it has since offered ’till the present for Baltimore; no opportunity fore Alexandria is likely to occur for a long time. On the 4th. Inst. by Mr. Monroes consent and recommendation I opened the Chest and made a very hasty inventory of its contents. Copy of the inventory, my letter to Mr. Monroe his Answer and the key of the chest I have herewith the honor to inclose.2 With the most perfect respect and Consideration, Sir Your very Obedt. Servt.

George W Erving

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