James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Chandler Price, 14 December 1804

From Chandler Price

Philada. Decr. 14. 1804.


I have been duely favored with your polite Letter of the 7 Instant.1

It was not untill this day that I found a Conveyance for the Wine. It is now shipped together with one for the President of the United States on board the Sloop Sally bound to Georgetown as per Bill Loading enclosed.2

Having no Correspondent at Georgetown I have Consigned them to Order which will give you the trouble to send your Bill Loading to your freind There with Directions to act—And having United the Cask for the President in the same Bill Loading permit me to request the favor of you to Communicate the same to him that he may also give the Necessary Orders.

Both Casks are in Cases & the Young Gentleman who attended to the doing of that Omitted to notice the marks—the Case must therefore be removed from one before it Can be discovered to whom each belongs.

PX is for the President } but the mark on the Outside Case Cannot be depended on.
M for Yourself

My Blank Endorsement on the Bill Loading will enable the order for Delivery of both to be filled up as you may please to direct. I am Very respectfully Sir Your Mo: Obedt: Servant—

Chandr. Price3

RC and enclosure (DLC). RC in a clerk’s hand, signed by Price. For enclosure, see n. 2.

1JM’s letter has not been found but presumably concerned a delivery of wine Price had received for JM (see Price to JM, 30 Nov. 1804).

2The enclosure (1 p.) is a 14 Dec. 1804 bill of lading, signed by Capt. John Hand Jr. and on the verso by Price, for “Two Casks Sherry Wine in Cases” on which the shipping charge was $1.50.

3Merchant Chandler Price (ca. 1765–1827) was a member of a committee to protect Philadelphia and the Delaware River during the War of 1812 and later a director of the Second Bank of the United States. He supported Andrew Jackson in the 1824 presidential election (Daily National Intelligencer, 7 Jan. 1828; Joseph M. Beatty Jr., ed., “Susan Assheton’s Book,” PMHB description begins Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. description ends 55 [1931]: 178 n. 10).

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