James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Beckley, 18 July 1804

From John Beckley

Washington 18. July 1804.

Dear Sir,

Mr. Gregory,1 will dispose of his Carriage for the price of 300 dollars Cash, Or a note to that amount at 60 days—He would prefer such a sum now; to the sum of 350 $ in January, having, as he says, immediate occasion for it; nor would it suit his convenience to make a sale of it payable in January. Respectfully, I am, dear Sir, Your obedt. Servt.

John Beckley.


1Nathaniel Gregory was John Beckley’s brother-in-law. In 1804 he and his family moved from their plantation in King William County, Virginia, to Washington, where Gregory was employed by Beckley as a clerk (Berkeley and Berkeley, John Beckley, 41, 185–86, 253, 255).

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