James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Charles Willson Peale, 1 April 1806

Museum April 1st. 1806

Dear Sir

The other two Polygraphs for Tripoli I have this Day put on board the Schooner Caroline commanded by Captn. Fisher, the Bill of Lading enclosed. The Captn. tells me that he intends to sail on tomorrow. I hope that which went by the way of appoquinomy has arrived in good condition.

It was by accident I heard of the present conveyance, for I was led to believe that I could not find a passage by water in less than 3 weeks, or I would have persued it as the President intimated his desire to have it so.

 The price of the three Polygraphs mounted with Silver is 370 $
the walnut Cases lined with cloath & 2 packing Cases-- 30

Please to inform the President that I am about a drawing of the Antilope, which I have mounted, that Captn. Lewis sent, with the intention of sending it to him inclosed in a letter, within 2 or 3 days. I wish to look over some few authors, to know if it has been discribed. Seba gives the horns of it in one of his plates, without discription. He only calls it the American Antilope. The Marmot has not been completely torpid tho’ nearly so; it has, now & then, eaten a little. The Lizard which the President send to the Philosophical society is dead, and I have preserved it, expecting to put it into the Museum. I am with much respect your friend

C W Peale

PPAmP: Charles Willson Peale Papers.

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