James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Richard Cutts, 5 May 1814

To Richard Cutts

Montpelier May 5. 1814

Dear Sir

I have recd. from H. Dearborn an acct. of duties paid for me on wine & brandy arrived at Boston.1 May I trouble you to convert the inclosed check into a note on that place and forward it to him with a request, that he will keep the articles in his hands, with the exception pointed out to him by Mrs. Madison, till he hears further on the subject.

Can any thing be done in the case of Mr. Dalton as explained in his letter?2 Be so good as to confer with the Comr. of the Revenue. I should suppose the amt. of the bond unnecessarily3 high, but not having by me the act of Congress, I can not tell whether there be any where a power to reduce it; and if there be not, what can be done?4 If the bond be essential to the tenure of his office, his case is without remedy: If the law be directory only on the point, the failure to give the bond, tho’ not vacating the office, subjects the Ex: to censure as well as to responsibility.

We found our friends well, and our farm with a flourishing countenance. I perceive however that the Hessian fly is at work in our Wheat fields. Mrs. M. has just recd Mrs. C.’s letter. Remember us both affecy. to her & her little flock, particul⟨arly⟩ to Richard.5 Affecy.

James Madison

RC (MHi); Tr (NjP: Crane Collection). RC damaged by removal of seal. Minor differences between the copies have not been noted.

3Tr has “unusually.”

4The eighteenth section of “An Act for the assessment and collection of direct taxes and internal duties,” 22 July 1813, stated that “each collector … shall give bond, with one or more good and sufficient sureties, to be approved by the Comptroller of the Treasury, in at least double the amount of the taxes assessed in the collection district for which he may be appointed” (U.S. Statutes at Large, description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17 vols.; Boston, 1848–73). description ends 3:22, 30).

5Tr lacks the preceding phrase.

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