James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Savage (Abstract), 2 February 1805

§ From William Savage1

2 February 1805, Kingston. “My last Was 17th Ultimo2 when I transmitted the Names of several persons who represent themselves to be Americans onboard the Ships of War on this Station, This accomapnies [sic] a Copy with some Additional names [not found].

“I must again Solisit the favor of you to State the Balance of my Account, that I may draw for the same; as all my Advances are immediately paid in Cash.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, CD, Kingston, Jamaica, vol. 1). 1 p.

1Boston native William Savage (1750–1827) moved to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1775, planning to enter business there, but a serious illness drove him to Bermuda to recuperate. After a short stay in England, he moved to Jamaica in 1778, eventually becoming a member of the merchant firm of Duncomb, Savage & Co. In 1799 he was named agent for American seamen by John Adams, a post he held until dismissed by JM on 25 Mar. 1805. He retired from the merchant firm in 1800, and from about 1807 until his death, served variously as the senior judge at Kingston, a master of the High Court of Chancery, and president of the hospital and workhouse. Towards the end of his life, he lost most of his property through the failure of a business associate (Lawrence Park, “Old Boston Families: The Savage Family,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 67 [1913]: 327).

2PJM-SS description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (9 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends , 8:483.

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