James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Elias Vanderhorst, 1 October 1803

From Elias Vanderhorst, 1 October 1803

Bristol Octr. 1st. 1803.


The Preceding is a Copy of my last of the 12h. Ulto. per the ⟨Sa⟩lly, via New York, since which Period I have not had the pleasure ⟨of⟩ hearing from you, but have now that of handing you an Acct. of the ⟨c⟩harges made for lights, Quarantine &Cc. at this & the other Ports within my District, on British & on foreign Vessels entering them, which I could ⟨n⟩ot possibly procure sooner or they would have been transmitted to ⟨y⟩ou (as desired) earlier. You have likewise herewith some News-Papers & the last London Price Current, to which please ⟨be⟩ referred for what is now passing in these parts of a Public ⟨n⟩ature. I am sorry to say, that all my endeavors to procure ⟨an⟩ Acct. of the number of American Seamen admitted into the ⟨In⟩firmary of this City have proved abortive, as the Managers of ⟨it⟩ assure me, they find it impracticable to discriminate, so as to ascertain with any degree of certainty (from the great number of ⟨Pa⟩tients almost daily recd.) what number of them are Americans, for ⟨as⟩ the Charity is universal, no mention, in general, is made of the ⟨na⟩tion to which the Patient recommended belongs, and every subscriber has a right to recommend any object he, or She, may think proper, ⟨wi⟩thout regard to any circumstance but the case itself. I am ⟨ho⟩wever fully convinced that the amt. of our subscription is very ⟨in⟩adequate to the expense incurred on Acct. of our Seamen who ⟨re⟩ceive assistance from this excellent institution. I have ⟨the⟩ Honor to be with great respect Sir, Your Most Obt. & Most Hl. Servt.

Elias Vander Horst

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