James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Jacquelin Ambler, 24 May 1783

From Jacquelin Ambler

RC (LC: Madison Papers). Docketed by JM, “May 24. 1783.”

Richmond Virga. 24. May 1783

Dear Sir

The Auditors have at length found the Accot. and are now satisfyed that I did not exceed the mark when I assured them the Bal. due to you on the 1st. Jany last was upwards of £800. in consequence of which they have given Mr. Webb a Warrt. on your Accot. for £100. which he will transmit you in addition to the £200. sent last Post.1 I must repeat my request that the Gentlemen of the Delegation will forward to the Auditors States of their several Accots. with directions to them to issue Warrants for the respective sums they have divided. their directions to the Auditors to issue the Warrts. may be sent altho they may not have time to adjust & send the Accots. I am about to settle the affairs of the Treasury with a Committee of the Assembly & without Warrants I cannot accomplish it.2

Yrs. affect’ly,

J. Ambler

If any Vessel Offers to James River from Philal. I will be particularly obliged to you to send us two Rheam of best Office writing Paper one pound Sealing Wax. six boxes Wafers & 500 best Dutch Quills. Money shall be repaid immediately on your sending the Accot.3

Paper & wax Certificates acct.

2Statement of Receipts, 28 May 1783. Although the “Committee” to which Ambler referred has not certainly been identified, it may have been a subcommittee of the standing Committee for Courts of Justice, Thomson Mason, chairman, elected by the Virginia House of Delegates on 13 May. On 26 May the Mason committee introduced an omnibus bill embracing among other provisions several for continuing in effect a number of temporary laws relating to the treasury (JHDV description begins (1828 ed.). Journal of the House of Delegates of Virginia, Anno Domini, 1776 (Richmond, 1828). description ends , May 1783, pp. 5, 21). For later comments by Ambler on the Virginia “Gentlemen in Congress” and their “Warrants,” see his letter to JM of 5 July 1783.

3For the probable outcome of this request, see Ambler to JM, 14 June 1783.

Index Entries