From Nicholas Voss
City of Washington 12th July 1804.
I drew on you the other day for the rent of My House Agreeable to your promise,1 I acknowledge I receiveed of you in October last $250 which was then due, in May last there was $250 due which you told Me it was not conveneant for you to pay, but would pay Me the whole rent on the 4 or 5 of July If I would wait untill then, In consequence of which I wrote to Messurs Gheguerre2 and Shrouder and Informed them of the circumstance and they consented to wait untill July in consideration of their receiving the whole of the rent at that time. I should not have drawn on you had I have been Able to have waited on you Myself but have been confind to My bead for Nearly four weeks and have Not been Able to leave My Roo⟨m.⟩ I hope you will be so good as to send M⟨e⟩ a check for $500 as I may send the money on to those Gentlemen and you will Greatly Oblige Your Hum Servt
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM. Angle brackets enclose parts of words obscured by binding.
1. For JM’s rental agreement with Voss, see Agreement with Nicholas Voss, 26 June 1802, 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 , 3:341–42.
2. Bernard Ghequiere (d. 1814) was an Alexandria merchant (Miller, Artisans and Merchants of Alexandria, 1:158–59).