James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Joseph H. Nicholson, 15 March 1802

From Joseph H. Nicholson

March 15. 1802


It appears from a Letter which I have just received from the Secretary of the Treasury,1 that the sum of $35,319 8/100 has been advanced by the Government of the United States to the Marquis La Fayette, by several of our Foreign Ministers, then residing at the respective Courts of London, Paris and the Hague

By Mr. Thos. Pinckney 21,933 48/100
By Mr. King and Mr. Adams Junr. 7,876  3/100
By Mr. Monroe2    5,509 57/100
35,319  8/100

It likewise appears that no more than $24,424 have been appropriated by Law and I wish to know by what Authority a sum has been applied to this Object beyond that appropriated.3 This Information I presume can be furnished from your Office, and I will thank you for as early a Communication on the Subject, as may be convenient. I have the Honor to be Sir with very high Respect Yr. Ob. Servt.

Joseph H. Nicholson

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