James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Anthony Merry, 3 January 1805 (Abstract)

§ From Anthony Merry

3 January 1805, Washington. “I have the Honor to transmit to you enclosed a list of the Persons composing at present His Majesty’s Mission to the United States, and of the Domestics in their Service.”1

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, NFL, Great Britain, vol. 3). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, except for Merry’s complimentary close and signature; docketed by Wagner. For enclosure, see n. 1.

1The enclosure (1 p.; docketed by Wagner) is a list of the names and nationalities of the seventeen persons making up the Merry household, including Anthony and Elizabeth Merry, Augustus John Foster, secretary of legation, a Piedmontese maître d’hôtel, German and French valets, a French cook and undercook, an English coachman, a Swiss groom, German and French footmen, Mrs. Merry’s Scottish maid, English, German, and American housemaids, and a German scullery maid. On 7 Jan. 1805 JM sent a copy of the list to Daniel C. Brent, marshal of the District of Columbia, with the added note: “The enclosed list having been registered in this Office, as containing the persons who compose the British Legation and their servants, I transmit it to you to be affixed in your Office according to law” (1 p.; DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14). For the previous year’s list, see Merry to JM, 4 May 1804, 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 , 7:151–52.

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