James Madison Papers

To James Madison from David Lenox, 27 September 1802

From David Lenox, 27 September 1802

New York 27th. Septemr. 1802


My last Letter of the 13th. ⟨ins⟩tant was addressed to Mr. Brent, acknowledging the rec⟨eipt⟩ of Three thousand Dollars remitted ⟨to⟩ me by your Order, on Account of my late Agency in Great Britain for the relief & protection ⟨of⟩ our Seamen. I have now the honor to ⟨ad⟩vise you that I have caused to be Shipped on board the Sloop Olive Branch Ephraim Pearson Master bound for George Town, a Trunk containing all the Applications, which were made to me during my Agency, together with the Answers returned from the Admiralty, which are all alphabetically arranged in the Books N 1 & 2 which accompany them. These Books & Pap⟨ers⟩ could be of no use to my Successor, & I cons⟨ider⟩ the most proper place to deposit them, is in y⟨our⟩ Office, where Government may be enabled to judge of the magnitude of the business in which I was engaged, as well as the satisfaction wh⟨ich⟩ I shall derive from a reference to cases where the parties may have supposed themselves neglected by me, & that such will arise I by no means think improbable from the natu⟨re⟩ of a business so perplexing. I shall have the pleasure of paying my respects to you in the course of a few Weeks, & have now only to add that I am, With great respect Sir Your most Obed. Ser⟨vt.⟩

D. Lenox

PS. The Key of the Trunk & a Bill of Lading are enclosed.

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