James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Patton, 24 May 1810 (Abstract)

§ From Robert Patton1

24 May 1810, Philadelphia. Encloses at the request of Dolley Madison bills amounting to $381.30 for expenses incurred in purchasing and delivering a pair of gray horses. The horses are “not as elegant as the others,” but they were “the best I could find of the colour.”

RC (DLC). 1 p. Patton probably enclosed Jehiel Tuttle to Patton, 24 Apr. 1810 (DLC), which was a receipt for a pair of gray horses. In his 31 May 1810 letter to JM (DLC), Patton acknowledged receipt of a draft on the Bank of Pennsylvania for $381.30 to settle this account.

1Robert Patton (d. 1814) served as postmaster of Philadelphia from 1789 until his death. He had negotiated the purchase of a coach for JM a year earlier (Scharf and Westcott, History of Philadelphia, 1:576; ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States ... (38 vols.; Washington, 1832-61). description ends , Miscellaneous, 1:296; Benjamin Henry Latrobe to JM, 24 July 1809, PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (2 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984-). description ends , 1:302 and n. 1).

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