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To James Madison from James Lovell (Abstract), 29 March 1805

§ From James Lovell1

29 March 1805, Boston. “Your prompt communication to me of the 20th. of this month is in strict unison with your former Kindness.

“Instantly upon reading it I recollected my rejecting three or four bills of 100 dollars, because they were patched; and inclosing one that was whole, without any more minute scrutiny. I am ashamed of the hasty manner in which I closed my letter that evening for that mail; as it has forced your Pen to the trouble of a circumstantial detail: And, I owe it to your Sensibilities to mention that the particular Bandage, from which I then took the bill, still contains 14 of 100 and 3 of 50, tho’ it is endorsed—sixteen hundred, one out.

“I cannot correct my past blunder by doubling that remittance now; lest I should appear to be not properly impressed by past proofs of your polite assiduity to befriend my Grandchildren.”

RC (DLC). 1 p.; docketed by JM.

1Boston educator James Lovell (1737–1814), the son of a Tory schoolmaster, was an early supporter of the American Revolution who served in the Continental Congress from 1777 to 1782. In 1788 he was named collector of customs for the state of Massachusetts, and in 1789, naval officer for Boston and Charlestown, a post he held until his death.

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