James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Reuben Etting, 21 December 1801

From Reuben Etting

Baltimore December 21st 1801.

In Consequence of a letter I received from John Archer Esqr,1 saying that the Returns of the Census of Harford County were erroneous, I immediately went into the examination and found his suspicions well founded, which induced me to examine all the Returns of the different Assistants, several of which I found incorrect. I have therefore made out and forwarded you a Return which you will please receive in place of the one heretofore forwarded.2

To be in time I was compelled to make my Return by the 1st September. I could not begin it until one day before as I had not received all the returns from the Assistants; for the cause of the mistake of Harford, I refer you to Robert Smith and Joseph Nicholson Esqs.3 Independent of all this I was only a few days in possession of any of the Returns. I am Yours with respect.

(signed)   Reuben Etting.

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