James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Tazewell, 27 March 1801 (Abstract)

§ From William Tazewell

27 March 1801, Williamsburg. Seeks final settlement of his pay due for service as a Paris-London messenger for envoy Elbridge Gerry in 1798. Encloses his account, which includes salary and expenses after the time of his capture by a French privateer. Pickering refused to settle the account, disallowing “my expenses of capture.” Took the matter to Congress, and a private act overcame the objection. Has included in enclosed account a quarter’s allowance omitted in earlier statement sent to Secretary Marshall. Hopes JM “will see this demand in a point of view more favorable than did your predecessor.” Trusts an allowance for “full two years” interest will be permitted.

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