James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Savage, 1 July 1803

From William Savage, 1 July 1803

Kingston Jamaica July 1st. 1803


This accompanys Copys of my letters ⟨of⟩ 21t. January, 5h. April & 13h. May last solemnly Sworn ⟨to⟩ before the mayor of this City in consequence of ⟨m⟩y Bill of 21 January last on you in favor Messrs. ⟨E⟩lliston & John Perot for 175 Dollars 0 Cents being returnd ⟨u⟩nder protest: Such disrespect to my Signature ⟨h⟩as very Sensibly effected me, particularly as all my Accounts & Vouchers have been regularly ⟨tr⟩ansmitted. You will observe by the Account ⟨current⟩ that I have been perfectly correct & that ⟨on⟩ the 21 January last their was due me the Sum I drew for, & on the 5h. April the Sum of 250 Dollars 83/100 was due me, which I did not draw for untill 17h. May.

Permit me Sir to request you will examine the Account which I am persuaided is right. When I trust the Bill under protest will be Honored; my Accounts arise from expences incurred for unfortunate American Seamen many of whom would perish was I to withold the assistance afforded them.

Was the Business of a private nature I could no⟨t⟩ preserve more economy.

I never have recivd any letter of instruction⟨s⟩ advising me to withold the relief given to tha⟨t⟩ class of people. My Instructions at the time of my appointment was to aid and assist American Seamen whose Situation required it & ⟨to⟩ endeavor to liberate those who might be impress’d & send them onto their several place⟨s⟩ of abode, which as far as in my power I h⟨ave⟩ done.

If the Executive Government think proper to decline the payment of my bills for Supp⟨lies⟩ & deem my Services here of no avail, permi⟨t⟩ me to request of you to communicate on ⟨this⟩ Head by the earliest opportunity, as it is not my wish to hold an appointment which pl⟨aces⟩ my Credit in a disrespectful point of view. Independent of the Accounts transmitted I have a demand for the last quarter whic⟨h⟩ terminated Yesterday, particulars of whic⟨h⟩ will be sent on soon. I Have the Honour to be with due Respect Your Most Ob H Sert.

Wm. Savage

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