James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Richard Harrison, 17 April 1804 (Abstract)

§ From Richard Harrison

17 April 1804, Treasury Department, Auditor’s Office. “The Accounts of William Savage, Agent at Jamaica, having been examined in this Office, I take the liberty to request, before I proceed to state them,1 your decision on the following points—viz—

1st. Whether the charges he makes for Office Rent & Stationery are, in their nature, admissible? I recollect no case of an Agent or Consul out of Barbary, in which charges of the kind have been made or allowed, except that of Major Lenox2 & he was a Salary Officer.

2d. Whither his Deposition may be recieved as sufficient proof for the admission of certain items suspended from his Accounts heretofore settled, and for which no regular or better Voucher as he represents, can be now furnished.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, ML). 2 pp.

1For JM’s request for a clarification of Savage’s accounts, see his letter to Harrison, 14 Apr. 1804.

2For David Lenox’s London post as agent for impressed seamen, see JM to Lenox, 12 May 1801, PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 1:164 and n. 1.

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