Bordeaux Septr 6. 1815
I have of late recd. a letter from C. Hughes Junr of Baltimore who went home from this place in the Transit with the Treaty of Ghent mentioning that a box had been sent to his house from that Vessel containing some french lamps and the object of his letter is to inquire if I know to whom this box belongs. As I had before learnt that the wine I sent you by that Vessel had been drank on the passage and been replaced by some purchased here by Mr Hughes for his own use--I am apprehensive that the box in question may be the one containing the spiral Lamp which I took the liberty to send you directed to the care of Mr. Boyd. If this should be the case I hope Sir you will do me the honor to direct its being sent to you. I am fearful that the trifles I have occasionally sent to Mrs M and the wine cordials sent to you may not all have arrived safe.
I must beg leave to apologize for the manner in which this letter is written with my left hand the right arm being disabled by dislocation & fracture.
I have the honor to be with the highest veneration Your devoted humble Servt
DLC: Papers of James Madison.