James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Gardiner, 29 October 1817

From John Gardiner

General Land Office 29th October 1817


I take leave to present to you a Map (of the military bounty Lands in the Illinois Territory)1 which I have had engraved for the use of the Soldiers of the late Army; the utility of the Map, & the moderate price which I demand for it from such Soldiers as wish to have one, (a dollar) will I trust meet your approbation of its publication: permit me to add, that your directions “to Keep out of the lottery all the Lands which were not fit for cultivation” were punctually obeyed. I have the honor to be with the highest respect Sir your most obedt servt

John Gardiner2
Pl Clk

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Map of the Bounty Lands in Illinois Territory, by John Gardiner, Chief Clerk, Genl. Land Office … (Washington, [1817]).

2John Gardiner (d. 1839) was an early Washington resident and at this time chief clerk of the land office within the Treasury Department (PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (6 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984—). description ends , 1:204 n. 2; Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, 15th Cong., 1st sess. [Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 46310], 21).

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