James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Benjamin Lincoln, 10 July 1805

To Benjamin Lincoln

Department of State. July 10th. 1805.


I request you to be pleased to cause to be purchased, as soon as possible, and delivered to the Assistant Military Agent at Fort Independence the following articles intended for Algiers and respecting which he will receive instructions.1

1 piece of fine muslin embroidered with small spots of Silver.

1 Do. embroidered in like manner with gold.

In case the latter cannot be procured you will substitute two pieces of very fine Indian Dimity, or a piece (10 yards) of very fine muslin.

About two hundred dollars worth of Sweetmeats prepared without any spirituous mixture.

50 lb of Coffee.

I shall be obliged by your taking care that they be chosen with particular attention & safely packed.

You may draw upon me for the expense, at sight, accompanying the draft will2 a bill of parcells. I am &c.

James Madison.

Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 15).

1For the initial request for these items, see Timothy Mountford to JM, 3 Jan. 1805, PJM-SS, 8:446, 449 n. 4.

2The clerk probably meant to write “with” here.

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