James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Elias Vander Horst, 12 February 1802 (Abstract)

§ From Elias Vander Horst

12 February 1802, Bristol. Acknowledges receipt of JM’s 28 Nov. letter; has forwarded the letter JM enclosed for Livingston regarding the four casks of indigo belonging to Smiths, DeSaussure, and Darrell that were seized by a French privateer. Has also forwarded JM’s letter to Saabye at Copenhagen. Encloses copy of letter received “some time since” from Latimer, customs collector at Philadelphia, and his reply. Describes a journey he made to London at short notice to deliver dispatches forwarded by Latimer for King, but King declared that “they were not of much consequence.” Wishes King to pay the expenses of £12 16s. 10d. for the journey, but King says he cannot do so without JM’s permission. Encloses an extract of King’s letter to him in the belief that JM will support his claim for reimbursement. Encloses an account of imports and exports for latter half of 1801, newspapers, and London price current.

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