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From James Madison to Albert Gallatin, [ca. 22 January] 1810

To Albert Gallatin

[ca. 22 January 1810]

A letter from Govr. Tyler answering an enquiry as to the $300 deposited in my hands to pay for the Sword purchased by Chan: Livingston, informs me, that the money was returned to Virga. & lies ready to be applied to its object.1 That item of course in Mr. L.’s accts. may be struck out, and the charge pd. by a remittance from Va. I do not recollect the cost of the Sword; but if more than $300, the balance will ⟨be⟩ due from Va. not the U. S.

J. M.

RC (DLC). Marked by Gallatin, “For the Auditor.” A note on the verso, dated 25 Jan. and signed by Richard Harrison (auditor of the treasury), stated the “Cost of the Swords, as charged by Mr. Livingston,” at 1,389 livres, which at 108 sols per dollar, “the rate of exchange adopted in the setlement of his Accts:,” amounted to $257.22.

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