James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Jacquelin Ambler, 19 April 1783

From Jacquelin Ambler

RC (LC: Madison Papers). Cover missing. Docketed by JM, “Apr. 19. 1783.”

Richmond 19. April 1783

Dear Sir

I have not the pleasure of a line from you by the last Mail. The return of Peace I doubt not spreads Joy & Gladness through out America. I sincerely congratulate you on this happy event.

I send another Bill of five hundred pounds Virga. Curry. which the Gentlemen of the Delegation will be pleased to divide as they think proper, transmitting the Vouchers necessary for my justification.1 I am

Dear Sir with great regard Yr. affect Servt

J. Ambler

1The bill of exchange was drawn by David Ross, the former commercial agent of Virginia, on John Ross, a merchant-shipowner of Philadelphia. When the post-rider from Virginia reached that city, most probably on 28 April, JM was about to leave for New Jersey and did not return until the evening of 2 May. On 1 May Theodorick Bland had been able to cash the bill, even though it was drawn in JM’s favor. On 6 May JM signed a voucher acknowledging that he had received from Bland $332 15/90 in Pennsylvania currency (£100 Virginia currency) as his share of the bill of exchange for £500 (Papers of Madison description begins William T. Hutchinson, William M. E. Rachal, et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (6 vols. to date; Chicago, 1962——). description ends , III, 60, n. 8; V, 204, n. 1; Bland’s and JM’s vouchers dated 6 May, MSS in Va. State Library; JM to Jefferson, 6 May 1783, in Boyd, Papers of Jefferson description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson (18 vols. to date; Princeton, N.J., 1950——). description ends , VI, 264–65).

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