James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Stephen Girard, 16 July 1804 (Abstract)

§ From Stephen Girard

16 July 1804, Philadelphia. “My agent Mr. Robert Branu, who went sometime ago to Paris for the purpose of liquidating and receiving the amount of my claims against the French Government1 informes me that the original documents respecting 150 bls. of Flour, sold on my account to the administration of St. Domingo, are wanted. Having deposited that voucher under the letter F with several other papers relative to my general claim, in the office of the Secretary of State on the 4th of June 1795. I request as a particular favour, that you will give the necessary directions so said voucher F may be forwarded to me as soon as possible.”2

Letterbook copy (PPGi: Girard Papers). 1 p.

1For Girard’s claims, see his letter to JM, 28 Nov. 1803 (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 , 6:105 and nn.). For Robert Peter Branu, see McMaster, Life and Times of Stephen Girard, 1:439–54.

2On 26 July 1804 Daniel Brent wrote Girard and enclosed “papers … marked A. B. C. H. & F, the intervening ones, D. & E. having been returned to you some time ago” (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14).

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