Virginia Delegates to
Virginia Auditors of Public Accounts
MS (Virginia Historical Society). Copy in the hand of Theodorick Bland. Initialed by him for JM and John Francis Mercer. The present copy is prefaced with the statement, “Copy of the negotiation of 3333⅓ dollars drawn on Lacaze & Mallet the original of which is in Mr. Madisons handwriting.” JM’s “original” has not been found.
Philadelphia May 28th 1783
J Ambler Esqr. having remitted to James Madison for use of the Virga. Delegates two Bills of Exchange for five hundred Pounds Virga. Curcy drawn on Messrs. Lacaze & Mallet1 in favor of Paul Loyal[l] and Compy2 we have in consequence thereof, received the following proportions respectively viz J. Madison 2326⅓ T B. 794⅓ J.F. 212⅓3 for which sums the auditors of the Commonwealth will please to issue warrants on our accts respectively in favor of J Ambler Esqr4
Signed J. M
J F M
2. A firm at Norfolk, Va. (Norfolk City Court Records, Order Book 2, p. 30, microfilm in Va. State Library). See also Papers of Madison description begins William T. Hutchinson, William M. E. Rachal, et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (7 vols. to date; Chicago, 1962——). description ends , VI, 279, n. 3.
3. The “J. F.” should be “J. F. M.” These three sums are in dollars rather than pounds. In his Statement of Receipts, 28 May 1783 (q.v.), JM entered £697 18s. “Virga. Curry.” instead of $2326⅓. The latter figure is obtained by multiplying the pounds by 10 and dividing the result by three.