From the Reverend James Madison
RC (LC: Madison Papers). Docketed by JM: “Madison Js Revd June 4. 1783 June 4 1783. Presidt. Madison. inclosing Ret. from Scott for engraving seal.” Cover addressed to “The Honb. James Madison Esqr Member of Congress Philadelphia or In his Absence To The Hon J. F. Mercer Esqr.”
June 4th 1783.
I recd. the Seal by Mr. Jones & am much obliged to you for the Trouble you have given yourself relative to it.1 The offer you made of having the Bill safely lodged with Scott the Engraver,2 has induced me to inclose it to you or in your Absence to Mr. Mercer.3 I ought to apologize for calling the Attention of either of you from more important Business, but am persuaded you will not require one.
Believe me to be Yrs. sincerely
1. 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, 49; 50, n. 4; Jones to JM, 25 May 1783, n. 18.
2. See Receipt of Robert Scot, 16 June 1783. Robert Scot (1744–1823), a native of Edinburgh, was both watchmaker and silversmith before devoting himself exclusively to engraving. A resident of Fredericksburg by 1775, he engraved currency for the Commonwealth of Virginia and in 1780 was awarded £2,103 8s. “for his Services & expences in detectg some persons concerned in counterfietg the paper currency.” He also made for the state several Indian medals that Governor Thomas Jefferson pronounced “extraordinarily good.” By May 1781 Scot had moved to Philadelphia, where he advertised himself as “Late Engraver to the State of Virginia.” His name is listed with various addresses in the Philadelphia directories from 1785 to 1822. On 30 December 1793 President Washington, with the approval of the Senate, appointed him engraver to the recently established United States mint—a position which he held for the rest of his life (Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States, I, 143–44; 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 , IV, 35–37; Va. Mag. Hist. and Biog., LXVIII , 84; George Barton Cutten, The Silversmiths of Virginia, Together with Watchmakers and Jewelers, from 1694 to 1850 [Richmond, 1952], p. 41; David McNeely Stauffer, American Engravers upon Copper and Steel [2 vols.; New York, 1907], I, 242–43; II, 471–74).
3. John Francis Mercer.
4. Edmund Randolph, attorney general of Virginia, and Mrs. Randolph. The members of “The Visitors and Governors” of the College of William and Mary had met on 2 June “upon business of importance” (Va. Gazette description begins Virginia Gazette, or, the American Advertiser (Richmond, James Hayes, 1781–86). description ends , 24 and 31 May 1783). Randolph implied in his letter of 4 June to JM (q.v.) that he also had come to Williamsburg to attend a session of the Court of Admiralty. On 4 June the Virginia House of Delegates granted Randolph “leave to be absent from the service of this House, until Wednesday se’nnight” (JHDV description begins (1828 ed.). Journal of the House of Delegates of Virginia, Anno Domini, 1776 (Richmond, 1828). description ends , May 1783, p. 36).