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Account of the Agricultural Society of Albemarle, [ca. 6 December] 1819

Account of the Agricultural Society of Albemarle

[ca. 6 December 1819]

{James Madison Esqr.}

In account with the Agricultural Society of Albemarle.
Dr. Cr.
{1817} To this sum due the By Cash paid {I A Coles}1 {10}
{Octr:} Society on the day of your admission—see rule 19th. {5} Treasurer of the Society.
{1818} To this sum due the Society on the first day of the succeeding regular autumnal meeting, do. {5} {By do. sent}2
{1819.} {Do. Do. Do.} { 5 }
{$15}

Sir,

As Treasurer of the Agricultural Society of Albemarle, it has become my duty to forward to each member a statement of his account with the Society. You perceive by the one above that you are indebted to the Society {five} dollars, which if remitted by mail to Hart’s Store, Albemarle, will be very certain to come safely to hand, or if it miscarries will be at the risk of the Society. I am, your obedient servant,

{John Coles}3
Treasurer of the Agricultural Society of Albemarle.

{NB Va. or U.S. Bank notes only received.}

Ms (ICHi). Printed form with blanks filled in by hand (indicated here within braces). Conjectural date based on a similar account sent to Jefferson, which he docketed as received on 7 Dec. (DLC: Jefferson Papers). Docketed by JM, “Coles John 1819.”

1Isaac A. Coles (1780–1841), Dolley Payne Madison’s second cousin, briefly served as secretary to JM during his first year as president. A veteran of the War of 1812, Coles was a planter who lived at Enniscorthy in Albemarle County, Virginia (PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (6 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984—). description ends , 1:49 n. 1; Mattern and Shulman, Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madison, 397; Langhorne et al., A Virginia Family, xi, 3, 104–13).

2In JM’s hand.

3John Coles (1774–1848), brother of Edward and Isaac A. Coles, was a Virginia planter who built his house, Estouteville, between 1827 and 1830 in Albemarle County, Virginia (Langhorne et al., A Virginia Family, ix, 3, 74, 83–85).

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