James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Tench Coxe, 17 January 1804 (Abstract)

§ From Tench Coxe

17 January 1804, Philadelphia. “Mr. Thomas Benger of the County of Philadelphia goes to Washington for the purpose of obtaining a patent for the preparation of oak bark for dying. He wishes for the honor of being made known to you & through you to the Board for granting patents. Soon after the peace of 1783 this gentleman with a numerous connexion moved from Newfoundland to our county of Bucks. He has since become a citizen of Pennsa. and the family have maintained a good standing among us. He has acquainted me with some part of his business but will of course regularly submit it to yourself and the other gentlemen of the Board.”1

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