James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Lee, 20 June 1804 (Abstract)

§ From William Lee

20 June 1804, Bordeaux. “By the Maria Capt. Hatton bound to Norfolk I have shipt you Ten Cases of Wine pr. Invoice enclosed. The red is of an Excellent quality. The white I bought in the Cask and myself bottled it and it came so very cheap I thought you would be pleased with my sending the whole. The rest of your order goes by the ship Sheffield Capt. Cowper who is to sail for Norfolk in a day or two. I am very sorry that this Wine could not be sent before. There has been no Vessels up for Norfolk, Alexandria or Baltimore for some time and the Embargo has prevented these two getting away sooner.”

RC, two copies (DLC). First RC 2 pp.; in a clerk’s hand, unsigned; docketed by JM. Second RC 1 p.; dated 30 June 1804; docketed by JM. Filed with the RCs are a bill of lading, dated 19 June 1804 and signed by Robert Hatton (1 p.; two copies); Lee to William Davies, collector at Norfolk, 20 June 1804, asking him to forward the wine to JM (2 pp.); and JM’s account with Lee, dated 19 June 1804 (1 p.; two copies), to the amount of 631 francs for two cases of 1798 Haut-Brion red wine and eight cases of white wine.

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