James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Henry Lee, 14 January 1788

From Henry Lee

Stratford. Jany 14t. 88

dear Madison,

To aid Mr. Twining1 I put my name on his bill & procured the endorsement of Mr. Constable2 to authenticate it in N York. Mr. Twinings bill is not paid by the Postmaster General3 who gave me his written assurance that it should be paid when due on condition that the contract was performed relating to the mail.4 This letr. Mr. Constable has & you can see. I am called on for the money & without the assistance of my friends may loose the whole. Will you exert your self for me & if possible releive me, advise with Col. Hamilton who will I am sure heartily support me. Let me have your answer without loss of time. Yours truely

H: L

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Nathaniel Twining, a stagecoach proprietor and mail contractor. See n. 4.

2William Constable. See JM to Randolph, 7 Oct. 1787 and n. 3.

3Ebenezer Hazard.

4On Twining and his ambitious scheme to carry the southern mail, see Oliver W. Holmes, “Shall Stagecoaches Carry the Mail? A Debate of the Confederation Period,” WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly. description ends , 3d ser., XX (1963), 555–73; JCC description begins Worthington C. Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, 1904–37). description ends , XXXIII, 508 n., 531–33, 536.

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