Account with William Thornton
[5 December 1809]
Account between the Honble. James Madison—and Mr. Thornton.
|William Thornton Dr:|
|Augst. 4.||To a Loan of one hundred and fifty Dollars||$150.—|
|1807—||To Interest one year on the above||9.—|
|To Interest on fifty Dollars till 1809 from
Augst. 4th: 1807 till Decr. 1809. 2 yrs:
|1805 Octr.||To 120 Bushels of Coals at 28 Cts. r: Bushell||33.60|
|March 18.||To 196 Bushs: of Coal at 28 Cts.||44:88|
|William Thornton Cr:|
|1807||By One hundred Dolls: returned in 1807.||$100|
|The returns of the labours of the Vicar of Bray are not yet made.|
(Errors excepted) William Thornton
City of Washington 5th: Decr: 1809—Received from the Honble: James Madison the above balance of ninety two Dollars 52 Cts: in full—
Ms (DLC). In Thornton’s hand. Docketed by JM.
1. Clifden was the most famous of several racehorses that Thornton made available for stud services at his farm near Georgetown. Clifden had a spectacular season at Newmarket as a five-year-old in 1792, and Thornton imported the horse from England in 1799. Thornton’s billing accords with the evaluation by Gideon Gooch, the Montpelier farm manager, written on a separate sheet (Bryan, History of the National Capital, 1:346; Fairfax Harrison, Early American Turf Stock, 1730–1830 [2 vols.; Richmond, Va., 1934–35], 2:374–75; Gooch, valuation of horses, n.d. [DLC] [misdated 1804 in Index to the James Madison Papers]).
2. Childers is a recurring name in the stud books of eighteenth-and nineteenth-century breeders. Many of the stallions descended from the original champion, “the famous Childers, lately belonging to his grace the Duke of Devonshire” (Harrison, Early American Turf Stock, 2:513). JM offered to trade Thornton two horses for his Childers in 1803 (JM to Thornton, 19 Aug. 1803 [DLC: Thornton Papers]).