James Madison Papers

To James Madison from David Gelston, 16 December 1805

From David Gelston

New York Decer, 16. 1805

Dear Sir

I received in due course your letter of the 24th. ultimo with $137.56 and supposed after you had arranged the small amount paid for duties &ca. you would remit the remaining sum.

But by a letter received this day from the President, I am persuaded my accounts transmitted the 7th. ultimo were not sufficiently explicit, as he says—“for the wines from Marseilles via Halifax Mr. Madison remitted for him & my self.”

The $137.56 received from you with the $30.44 to receive from Majr. Butler make only $168—which I repaid Messrs. R. & Hartshorne for tonnage &ce. You will observe by my Account enclosed to you the 7th. Ulto. I paid duties on those wines &ca

from Halifax 45 −5
 I received from Mr Butler 9.64
 paid sundry cartage Storage &ce.  8.44
which sum of dollars 43.85

yet remains due to me. If, upon re:examination you find the statement correct, you will whenever convenient, be pleased to remit the amount.

I am sorry to have occasioned you this trouble by My statement not being sufficiently clear in the first instance Very sincerely yours

David Gelston

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Letter not found.

2Jefferson’s letter to Gelston is dated 13 Dec. 1805, DLC: Jefferson Papers, Epistolary Record.

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