James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Shadrach Penn, 22 February 1815

Georgetown Ky Feby 22. 1815


I shall not appologize for the liberty I now take of addressing you. A small account exists between us in the pecuniary way which I wish adjusted. It appears from my Books that you have Received from me a federal Paper entitled the American Statesman from the 21st. March 1812 to the 27th. Nov 1813 making 15 mos. and a $3 pr annum is $3:75 My act against the hon Secy of War is the same. But as the Sum cannot be made in Bills, for each of the accounts I should be happy to receive $3 in Some kind of Treasury or Bank Paper.

Objections may Possibly be made on the Part of yourself & the hon Secy, to paying my Bills against you, on account of your not having Subscribed for the paper. But as I have never Subscribed to your politics & principles, & am Compelled to abide by your orders & laws As you have been forced upon me, and a number of others, as the Chief Magistrate of the nation, & have forced along with you the Late, as well as the present Secy of War -- all Contrary to my wishes or views of propriety, I conceive that I am justified, in having forced my politics & paper upon you & the hon Secy for the short space of fifteen months. And for which I hope that each of you will force upon me the Sum of $3. in notes either in the treasury of the U States, or on Some of the Eastern Banks I am Sir Very Respfly

S: Penn Jr

NB Please lay this before the hon Secy War

PS Peace being made, I have no doubt you are much gratified as we are permitted to "quit fighting" upon the Same terms that we could have avoided it in 1812.

But "mum", Say you, & your blind adherents. Feby 27. 1815

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