James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Bird, Savage, and Bird, 22 April 1801 (Abstract)

§ From Bird, Savage, and Bird

22 April 1801, London. Sends receipt for funds supplied Oliver Ellsworth. Firm provided advances totaling £5,000 to U.S. to meet contingencies, payments on behalf of U.S. to be made in May will come to about £1,000, and other payments cannot yet be ascertained. Accounts transmitted to Secretary Marshall in June 1800 will furnish a guide for future remittances. Since the firm does not charge to U.S. “any commission in our accounts,” and as it is desirable to have funds on hand, a remittance from U.S. is now required. Expresses desire to continue as bankers for the U.S. and to assist JM in his personal requirements. “Our H. M. Bird had the honor of being personally known to you at New York in the years 1789 & 1790, & from him we have learnt to respect those talents which so eminently qualify you for the service of your country in the high Office you hold.” Postscript notes enclosure of a receipt from Samuel Sitgreaves for funds paid on Rufus King’s order.

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