James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Williams, 7 April 1806

Mississippi Territory Washington April 7th. 1806


I have this day drawn on you at ten days Sight in favour of John Benderson of Natchez for the Sum of One hundred and twenty dollars. The Vouchers Shewing the items of this expenditure are enclosed.

This expenditure I take it for granted will be thought Reasonable and allowed on the same principle that a Similar one was made to Colo. West whilst he administered this Government.

From the time I Commenced the administration of this Government till Mr. Williams qualified as Secretary, I was without any assistance except that for which this expenditure was made (Colo. West having withdrawn himself on my Coming into office) and it was impossible for me to discharge the duties of the office of governor and attend to those of Commissioner without some assistance. I am with great ⟨   ⟩ yr H S



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