James Madison Papers

To James Madison from George G. Hussey, 14 October 1804 (Abstract)

§ From George G. Hussey

14 October 1804, Nantucket. “I am once more under the Necessity of addressing you on a Subject of great Importance to myself, altho it Canot be so to you, by a letter just receivd. from Mr Erving (Agent to the United states, London) I am informd. that by Applying to your office & producing the proper Documents I shall receive the Amount of the three Instalments, Awarded to me by the Board of Commissioners. In the Case of the Brig Trenton the only difficulty that Arises on this business that requires Information is what those proper Documents are, having Sufferd. once in Drawing on Mr Erving for the first Instalment by my bills being returnd. Protested. I wish to avoid a Similar Disappointment. I must therefore request you to Inform me by return of mail, how I am to proceed, So as to receive the money. The Difficulty which has already Arisen is in Consequence of Blending Mr Cooks money with mine, this Mr Cook has been Dead Many years & his widow Maried to a Mr. Becker & removd. into the state of Connecticut, but still I have no doubt, but I Can, procure Every Necessary Document, when I Can be Informd. how to proceed—therefore shall rest the subject for the present, in hopes to be Informd. with all Convenient dispatch.”

Adds in a postscript: “Annexd. is a Coppy of Mr. Ervings letter.”

RC (DNA: RG 76, Preliminary Inventory 177, entry 180, Great Britain, Treaty of 1794 [Art. VII], British Spoliations, 1794–1824, Unsorted Papers, box 7, folder 1a). 2 pp.; docketed by Wagner. At the foot of this letter is a copy of George W. Erving to Hussey, 17 July 1804, acknowledging receipt of Hussey’s 16 Mar. 1804 letter that enclosed a bill on Erving for £54 1s. 6d. by Hussey and Becker. Erving stated that he was unable to pay the bill because he had no documentation that Becker was entitled to draw for the money and advised Hussey to send JM the required documents after which JM would pay him.

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