James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Jacquelin Ambler, 9 November 1782

From Jacquelin Ambler

RC (LC: Madison Papers). Addressed by Ambler to “The Hono. James Madison of Congress. Philadelphia.” Docketed by JM, “Novr. 9. 1782.”

Virga. Novr. 9. 1782

Dear Sir

I have but a moment to inclose you Mr. Ross’s Bill for £190. which makes the whole £500. forwarded.1 I wish I could give you a hope of a further remittance soon but there is little probability of it. I must beg yr. excuse for being so short for I am surrounded


J. A.

1This total comprised the £190 and the £310 mentioned by Ambler in his letter of 18 October 1782 to JM (q.v., and nn. 1 and 2). The “Accompt” sheet for JM in the treasurer’s office (MS in Virginia State Library) records that on 7 November a “Warrant on the Treasury” had been issued “to Mr. Madison’s debit in Auditors office” for £190.

A warrant for £40, debited to JM, had been drawn on 29 October. This probably was to reimburse Edmund Randolph for his loan to JM. See Randolph to JM, 24 August; 7 September, and n. 5; 27 September; JM to Randolph, 10 September; 24 September 1782. Among the auditors’ manuscripts in the Virginia State Library is the following note addressed to them by Randolph on 29 October: “The auditors will oblige E. Randolph by furnishing Mr. Foster Webb jr with a warrant in the treasury for forty pounds, on account of the honble James Madison jr. esq: of congress. They will recollect that E. R. shewed them his authority from that gentleman for drawing on the treasury.” Foster Webb, Jr., was commissioner of the treasury. For the “authority,” see JM to Randolph, 20 August 1782.

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