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From James Madison to David Gelston, 1 March 1810

To David Gelston

Washington Mar. 1. 1810

Dear Sir

I have recd. a letter from Francis Hall, charging the President of the U.S. with 2½ years Subscription for the Amn. Citizen, amounting to 25 dolrs. I know nothing more of the case than that since the 4th. of Mar. last, the paper has been sent to me, without being ordered; but as it was not forbidden, I think it right that the charge for one year should be paid by me. I send ten drs. for that purpose with a memorandm. that the paper is to be discontinued. Will you be so good, as to have it delivered & a receipt taken, and to excuse the trouble, which wd. not be given but for the want of some other channel.1 Accept my friendly respects

James Madison

Printed facsimile of RC (offered for sale in Sotheby’s Fine Books and Manuscripts, including Americana, New York, N.Y., 21 June 2007, item 63).

1For Gelston’s 5 Mar. 1810 reply, see PJM-PS, description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (8 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends 2:264.

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