James Madison Papers

From James Madison to John Page, 3 November 1804

To John Page

Washington Novr. 3. 1804.


In the year 1801 Mr. Monroe placed in my hands three hundred dollars to be applied, when called for, to the payment in France for a sword, (as well as I recollect) voted by the State of Virginia to General Campbell.1 The money was lodged in the Bank of Columbia in George Town. Having never been called for it escaped my attention, till I was reminded of it three days ago, by lighting on the receipt given by the Bank. With a view to remit it without delay, I have drawn it from its depositary, and now inclose in halves of three bills each of $100. The other halves will be sent by another mail. With sentiments of the highest respect I remain, Sir, Your Most Obedt. hble sert.

James Madison

Having obtained two hundred dollars in post notes, one half of a hundred dollar note only is inclosed.2

RC (PHi); FC (DLC). Written at the foot of the RC is a note dated at the Bank of Virginia, 16 Nov. 1804, and signed by J. Brockenbrough, cashier: “The above mentioned $300 were deposited by Majr. Coleman in the Bank.” Cover of RC marked: “settled. & the Sword delivered.” FC, which does not include postscript, is docketed by JM: “Tyler Jno. Gov. Virga.”

1For the sword for Gen. William Campbell, see James Monroe to JM, 15 Oct. and 17 Nov. 1801, and JM to Monroe, 24 Oct. 1801, 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 , 2:179, 246–47, 195, 196 n. 1.

2On 8 Nov. 1804 Page acknowledged receipt on 7 Nov. of JM’s letter “inclosing two post Notes of one hundred Dollars each, & one half, of an hundred Dollar Note, of the bank of the United States” (RC [DNA: RG 59, ML; 1 p.; docketed by Wagner]; letterbook copy [Vi: Executive Letterbook]).

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