James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Hudson Muse, 8 February 1794

From Hudson Muse

Virginia Port Tappa. Feby 8. 1794.

Dear Sir,

I have acted imprudent in granting indulgences, and by my returns from this office, made myself lyable for m[o]n[e]y in expectation of it’s being ready when call’d for; by which means has lately been presented draughts for three thousand dollars, that I was not prepared to pay, and consequently were returned. And as such is conduct for which I am lyable to censure, shall esteem myself much obliged to you for doing me kindness to speake to the President, and Secretary of the Treasury, on the occasion, & apologize for me; assuring them, they may relye on the Money being ready for their order in the course of next month, and that I shall take care in future never to be in the like Situation.1 I am dear sir, with much respect Your Obedt Sert.

Hudson Muse

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Muse either resigned or was relieved of his office, but he apparently repaid the $3,000 deficit in June 1795. In a settlement of state-federal accounts, the Virginia controller reported receipt of a draft on Muse for $3,000 (CVSP description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts (11 vols.; Richmond, 1875–93). description ends , 8:254, 264).

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