James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Elias Boudinot, 16 September 1803

From Elias Boudinot

Mint of the US. 16 Septr 1803

Dr Sir

I beg leave thro’ you, to inform the President of the United States, that a dangerous Malignant fever has again appeared in this City, which will oblige me to shut up the Mint, for a short time.1 I perhaps might have continued it open some little time longer, but having worked up the Bullion of every species & issued the Coin, I have no hopes in the present State of the City of any one making a fresh deposit, till the Alarm is over. We should of Course be Idle, and therefore on a plan of Oeconomy I have consented to this Measure, as a few hundred Dollars will be saved to the United States, and no loss sustained. As it will take some days to make the necessary Arrangments, if the President should disapprove the Measure, a line signifying it, will be punctually attended to. I have the honor to be with great Respect D Sir Your very Hble Sevt

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