James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Anthony Merry (Abstract), 29 April 1805

§ From Anthony Merry

29 April 1805, Washington. “I have the Honor to transmit to you annexed the Name and Quality of an additional Servant belonging to my Family.”1

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, NFL, Great Britain, vol. 3). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Merry; docketed by Wagner. The enclosure (1 p.) lists Peyton Bell, an “American free Man of Colour,” as groom to legation secretary Augustus John Foster.

1On 1 May 1805 JM transmitted Bell’s name and his status as a member of Merry’s household to Daniel Carroll Brent, the marshal of the District of Columbia, “according to law” (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14; 1 p.).

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