James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Sanford Clark, 9 June 1814

From Sanford Clark

Milford, Wayne County, Pennsyla.
June 9th. 1814

Respected Sir,

Midshipman John Clark who fell on the Eventful 10th. of Sepr. on Lake Erie was my son. I represent him as Administrator—the proportion of prize money for the Capture of the British Squadron annexed to his name will of course be payable to me.

Would you have the goodness to inform me on whom or what Office & in what manner I must draw for the money. It is with repugnance that I trouble you for this information, but since the rising of Congress, I am left without Correspondents at Washington. I have the Honor to be with high consideration, Your obedient servant

Sanford Clark

RC (DNA: RG 45, Misc. Letters Received). Cover marked “Milford P July 9 14”; bears William Jones’s 15 July 1814 note for a reply: “Say Samuel Hambleton Esqr Purser of the Erie Squadron is agent of the Officers & Crews and has received of the Government the whole amount of prize money due to them which he is now distributing to them at Erie where upon application to him either by yourself or attorney duly authorized you will receive the amount of your Sons share which according to the agents statement is $811—35/100.” The amount was inserted in a blank left by Jones.

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