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To James Madison from William Davy, 26 May 1810

From William Davy

Philadelphia May 26h. 1810

Sir!

My Son entrusted to me, the Care of procuring & forwarding to You, four Volumes of Syms’s Embassy to Pegue including the Drawings.1 I hope you will receive them safe by the Mail.

After your Perusal, the Secretary of State, will be so good, as to take Charge of, & return these Volumes to me, as they are obtained from a private Library.

My Son sailed for Calcutta the 24h Instant.2 With Sentiments of profound Respect I have the honour to be Your Excellency’s Most Obt Hble Servt.

William Davy3

RC (DLC).

1Michael Symes, An Account of an Embassy to the Kingdom of Ava, Sent by the Governor-General of India in the Year 1795 (2d ed.; 4 vols.; London, 1800). Ava and Pegu were Burmese city-states.

2JM gave John B. Davy a recess appointment as consul at Rangoon. The Senate confirmed the appointment on 12 Jan. 1811 (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 2:160, 162).

3William Davy was a merchant with premises at 356 High Street. In 1816 JM appointed him consul at Hull, England (Robinson, Philadelphia Directory [1811 ed.], p. 78; Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 3:61, 68).

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