James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Charles Simms, 10 July 1805 (Abstract)

To Charles Simms, 10 July 1805 (Abstract)

§ To Charles Simms. 10 July 1805, Department of State. “I request you to be pleased to inform me whether there is at Alexandria any Vessel, bound to Boston; as I wish to Ship thither five pieces of brass cannon intended for Barbary.”1

Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 15). 1 p.

1On 12 Aug. 1805 the War Department charged the State Department $8,664.99 for five brass eighteen-pound cannon including carriages and transport from Philadelphia to Boston (DNA: RG 59, ML). For the manufacture of the cannon, see JM to Tobias Lear, 20 Apr. 1805, PJM-SS, description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (10 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986–). description ends 9:261–62.

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