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From James Madison to Robert Brent, [ca. 11 September] 1813

To Robert Brent

[ca. 11 September 1813]

The mode provided in the letter to General Harrison, for distances in pay-offices, may answer. But blank Appointments would seem a more regular mode. The filling them implies the same confidence only, and in both cases the appts. are equally annullable.

As assistant paymasters are not named in the act, it may be better to appt. additional paymasters in the same District with instructions establishing the suitable relations between them, in order to obtain the requisite assistance. As the precise functions are not defined by law, instructions it is presumed may be framed to answer the purpose.


RC (ViU). Addressee not indicated; identified as Brent on the assumption that this note is the one acknowledged in Brent to JM, 16 Sept. 1813. Undated; docketed as received on 13 Sept. 1813; conjectural date supplied on the basis of the docket.

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