James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Beckley, 20 May 1803

From John Beckley

Philadelphia, 20th: May 1803.

Dear Sir,

I expected to have left this City, yesterday, on my return home, but an unforeseen call to New York obliges me to go to that City for a few days, I therefore now enclose a sketch of the agreement to finish your chariot1 signed by Mr: Ogle2 and myself on your behalf. Mr: Kerr3 will superintend the finishing and completing it; he has himself purchased the leather for the harness and bespoke the plating for it, of the very best quality, and assures me that it shall be in all respects, a complete, wellbuilt and elegant carriage, equal to any that is made or built in this City.

The price is 480 dollars, exclusive of the expence of an Oilcloth case, pair of lamps, and the boxing and porterage of it for shipment to Washington, which Mr: Kerr will particularly attend to; I presume the whole expence will not exceed 510$, which, I flatter myself, you will deem moderate, after you shall have seen the Carriage. With great regard, I am, dear Sir, truly your’s,

John Beckley.

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