James Madison Papers

James Madison to Albert Gallatin, 14 February 1828

Montpellier Feby. 14. 1828.

Dear Sir

You probably know that a Sum of about £2000 St: was placed by Mr. Jefferson in the hands of the Barings, subject to the order of the American Minister in London, for the use of the University of Virginia. Of this deposit, it appears from the information of Mr. King late Secretary of Legation, there remained on the 24th. of June 1826. a balance of £986.18.4. Be so obliging as to inform me, whether any or what drafts of a subsequent date, have taken place; and in case there be still a balance that will meet a draft not exceeding £100. to seal & forward the enclosed letters, one to the Barings, the other to the American Minister at Paris: superscribing on the former the address proper for the Firm, of which I am ignorant. Should it happen that there be no sufficient remnant of the fund in question. Be so good as to retain the letters and drop me a notice of it. I should have troubled you with this communication at an earlier day, but delayed it in the constant expectation of hearing of your departure from N. York, and the place where you would be found. Being still in the dark as to your movements, I shall commit this to the care of a friend in Washington, to be forwarded according to the better knowledge of them there. I need not repeat the assurance often given of the pleasure that will be felt at Montpellier, whenever your movements shall fulfil the visit promised by Mrs. Gallatin & yourself. In mean time Mrs. M. joins in offering to you both & your daughter, our affectionate salutations & good wishes.

James Madison

RC (NHi: Gallatin Papers); draft in hand of Dolley Payne Madison; re University of Virginia (ViU).

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