§ From Tench Coxe
3 April 1804, Purveyor’s Office. “As I am not possessed of the account of Mr. Stevens,1 and am uncertain whether it is your wish to include the bill he drew upon me I shall be much obliged by an explanation of your wishes.2 My Sales & the net proceeds could be rendered, and paid over instantly. I shall write Mr. Stevens upon the subject and beg the favor of your instructions.
“It is discovered that there is a trunk of stationary here, which has been heretofore furnished by Mr. Bradford as successor to Mr. Poyntell,3 and it is considered as belonging to the Government of Mr. Harrison. I shall be glad to know whether you desire it to go forward.”
RC (DNA: RG 59, ML). 1 p.
1. See JM to Ebenezer Stevens, 28 Jan. 1804, and Coxe to JM, 3 Feb. 1804, PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 6:398 and n. 1, 427.
3. Stationer and paper manufacturer William Pointell presumably had been replaced as supplier by printer Thomas Bradford (James Robinson, The Philadelphia Directory, City and County Register, for 1802 … [Philadelphia, 1802; Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 2893], 196; Robinson, Philadelphia Directory for 1803 [Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 4858], 35, 201; Isaiah Thomas, The History of Printing in America with a Biography of Printers & an Account of Newspapers [1810; reprint, ed. Marcus A. McCorison, New York, 1970], 389–90). For the original order for stationery for William Henry Harrison, see Daniel Brent to William Pointell, 31 May 1802, and Brent to Benjamin Mifflin, 26 Mar. 1804, in Carter, Territorial Papers, Indiana, 7:52, 186.