James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Bell, 24 July 1804 (Abstract)

§ From William Bell

24 July 1804, Philadelphia. “The preceding is Copy of what I wrote you the 2 Inst. which I now confirm—since then I have not had the pleasure of receiving your reply. I will thank you to acknowledge receipt thereof (if come to hand) and send me the Bill in question back, accepted or otherwise that I may advise my friend of its fate.”1

RC (DNA: RG 59, ML). 1 p.; signed “For William Bell / Joseph Bell.” Written on the second page of a copy of William Bell to JM, 2 July 1804.

1On 27 July 1804 Jacob Wagner wrote Bell that Willis’s bill would “be paid on the settlement of his accounts which will immediately take place” and that Bell “should authorize some person in this City to receive the amount.” Wagner returned the bill without acceptance, noting that the “form is not used in similar cases by the Secretary of State” (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14).

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